(HealthDay News) -- A spinal fracture occurs when a small bone in the spine cracks, often a result of soft, brittle bones caused by osteoporosis.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons lists these common warning signs of a spinal fracture:
- Back pain that occurs near the spot of the fracture.
- Pain that worsens when you stand or sit for an extended period.
- Pain that eases when you rest or lie down.
- Rarely, pain that appears to radiate to another spot, such as the legs or abdomen.
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