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97. Picture of Fractured Spine

Picture of Fractured Spine


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Fractures of the spine (vertebra) can cause severe "band-like" pain that radiates around from the back to the side of the body. Over the years, repeated spine fractures can cause chronic lower back pain as well as loss of height or curving of the spine, which gives the individual a hunched-back appearance of the upper back, referred to as a "dowager hump."

Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, Chief Editor on April 22, 2009

Image Source: MedicineNet

Text: MedicineNet - "Osteoporosis"

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