What is vertebral crushing and what are its symptoms?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: February 18, 2019

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What is vertebral crushing and what are its symptoms?

Vertebral crushing is a type of fracture that affects the bones in the spine (vertebrae). It is more common in older people but can also be caused by accidents. This time we are going to tell you a little more about this condition. Remember to see a health professional if you have had an accident or if you experience chronic back pain.

Vertebral crushing

Vertebral crushing . When a vertebra is injured or when the wear and tear caused by osteoporosis weakens the bone, it can break partially or completely, causing what is called “crushing” It is important to mention that this condition does not always produce immediate symptoms, and some time may pass before it is diagnosed, which is why it is important to receive a medical examination in the event of an accident, as well as to perform routine check-ups in the case of older people suffering from osteoporosis.


  • Acute stabbing pain in the lower back.
  • The pain may lessen but returns after a few weeks.
  • The pain worsens while walking.
  • Curved position or kyphosis.
  • Loss of height (up to 6 cm) after a few months.

Other symptoms, such as loss of mobility and sensitivity in the extremities, appear when the crushing causes damage to the nerves in the spinal cord. These symptoms may not appear or may have a different origin, such as a herniated disc, which is why it is important to receive a timely diagnosis.

Diagnosis and treatment

An MRI is required to properly diagnose this condition, as well as a medical consultation. In certain cases, bone density studies may be necessary in older people to determine the possible presence of osteoporosis.

Conservative treatment during the early stages of vertebral crushing consists of pain management and preventing new fractures.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691"

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