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Spinal Fractures Often Disregarded as Back Pain or Arthritis

By October 24, 2010

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A report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation focuses on the severe impact of spinal fractures. As many as two-thirds of spinal fractures related to osteoporosis are not recognized by doctors and go undiagnosed. If a spinal fracture is left untreated, it is estimated that as many as one in 5 women will have another spinal fracture within a year.

There are signs that point to spinal fracture -- stooped back, loss of height, and severe back pain which develops suddenly. Other consequences of spinal fracture can include immobility, depression, increased number of bed days, reduced pulmonary function, and premature death.

One spinal fracture occurs every 22 seconds throughout the world. As many as 20-25% of Caucasian women and men over 50 years old have a current spinal fracture. It's a serious problem with serious consequences. If you have signs of spinal fracture, get it checked out -- don't disregard it as simple back pain or arthritis.

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