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I see a whole bunch of spines every day.  In the course of a couple of months I may see one compression fracture.  A compression fracture is a spinal bone, vertebra, that has experienced more compression than it can bear, and it collapses, breaks upon itself.  Both of these patients have a compression fracture, one is slight and one is much more severe.  The interesting thing is that they were back to back (pardon the pun) in my practice.  The severe one is obviously very old so we could treat right away, the other we had to have it further evaluated to see if it was old or new.  If it’s new then we need to take another treatment avenue.

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