ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Spinal fractures and available Treatments

Updated on April 11, 2009

Spinal fractures cause more pain as it can affect all parts of the human body.

A spinal fracture can occur at any time. Each year thousands of Australians suffer painful spinal fractures as a result of osteoporosis.

The Spinal column

The spine is a very important and vital part of everyones body. It is our backbone, and it enables us to stand, sit, and walk. A damaged vertebra can cripple or cause you devastating pain which can affect you for the rest of your life.

An adult spine has aproximately 33 bones protecting the spinal cord. It is divided into three sections: the upper, the middle and lower portion of the spine.

What is A spinal fracture?

This happens when the vertebrae collapes or has been damaged or cracked. Bones that break will be painful and may cause swelling or cause the nerves to become pinched between them.

Depending on which section of the vertebra is damaged, pain is felt in various areas of the body. You may suffer from migraines, sore throats, pain in the lumber section, stomach or even the legs.

Symptoms felt from a spinal fracture

  • Pain felt when bending or standing
  • Loss of height
  • Lying down may relieve the pain
  • Pain when walking or standing for long periods
  • Severe back pain
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Stomach pains
  • Migraines

How are spinal fractures caused

  • Sudden bending or lifting heavy articles
  • Sudden sneezing or coughing
  • Falling or tripping over the dog or cat
  • Automobile accident
  • Work injuries

If not corrected it often causes more damage because you tend to lean and put more weight in other areas of your body to compensate for the pain, which creates more problems.

Another cause of spinal fractures is a disease called Metastasis. This refers to the possible spreading of cancer cells to different areas of the body.


Various spinal fracture treatments

Balloon kyphoplasty

This is a small non invasive procedure, to help eliminate your back pain. This can help some patients while the others could have serious complications.

Bone cement

A new test of Vertebroplasty is being conducted. A small needle injects bone cement through the skin into the fractured bone.  This helps to stop the pain when bones rub together is used to relieve spinal fracture pain.

If this is found to be successful and safe it may help millions of osteoporosis sufferers all over the world.

Chiropractors: they normally take an xray on your first visit to diagnose the problem. Treatment is mainly by hand manipulation then often massaging various points in your body to stimulate the nerves.  Migraines can usually be helped in one visit while more serious realignment could take several.


They can use a small spring loaded implement, this is good to use for simple realignment cases, or on people unable to relax.

Personal Experience

At twenty-five my husband was told that if he did not have an operation because of his degenerated disks in his back that he would be in a wheel chair by the time he was forty.

He declined, and with the aid of chiropractors throughout the years, he led a heavy working schedule until he retired last year and still walking at sixty six years of age.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      The fractures from osteoporosis are especially dangerous. Good job on the article!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      beats me. Yes its real scary. we all need to look after our spines.

    • BeatsMe profile image


      10 years ago

      Spinal fractures are scary. They are crippling. Thanks for sharing your personal experience. Good to know there is a better option than operation.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)