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Trauma happens to a lot of people throughout the course of their lives. There can be accidents that happen throughout life, whether it be vehicle accidents, falling off a horse, or various other so called, dangerous activities. Most people will have minor traumas all throughout their lives. Some people even get trauma when playing sports. Let me give you a small example of what I’m talking about when I’m saying trauma. Let’s say your son wants to play Football for his high school, which is great. He gets out on the field and gets injured, he can still walk and function, but the “trauma” in which he experienced out on the field will affect him for the rest of his life.

Usually, the trauma will be linked to either the lower or upper back, more so the lower back because that’s where our spine is connected to our pelvic bones. When you think about a trauma, they will usually occur when we fall down, right? When we fall down, we usually don’t hit our upper backs, so this would make perfect sense as to why most trauma will affect the lower back. A traumatic injury can also cause a person’s spine to become overly compressed and that can actually cause an intervertebral disc to rupture. When this happens, it will cause pressure on any of a person’s nerves which are rooted to the spinal cord. What is so ironic is that most people will get minor traumas in their lives and not even realize it until they hit older age. Why is this? Well, when we get older, our bodies naturally begin to wear out and when a person already has a minor trauma from years ago, that will begin to really show its colors as a person ages.

Compression Fracture

What exactly is a compression fracture? Well, a compression fracture is when one or more bones within the spine weaken, often times crumbling. Who all is at risk for a compression fracture? If a person doesn’t take good care of their back throughout the course of their lives, then anyone could be at risk for a compression fracture. The main people at risk for this type of fracture are women, aged fifty or more because as a woman grows older, their bones become weaker and more brittle.

One must remember that when your bones are brittle, they cannot withstand a lot of physical activity on the daily basis. When pushed to do something which places strain on the back, the bones will begin to break down, kind of like the general wearing out process. After a number of smaller fractures throughout the years, a person’s body will definitely begin to feel the effects in later age. Who all is at risk for a compression fracture?

  • People who has osteoporosis.
  • People that has had cancer and it spread to their bones.

Some classes of people have a much higher chance of getting a compression fracture later in life and below, we are going to take a look at those classes.

  • White women, as well Asian women are at a higher risk to develop compression fractures.
  • Women aged fifty and over are at a much higher risk to develop this condition.
  • If you’re more on the thin side, then you are at a higher risk of developing compression fractures.
  • If a woman has went through early menopause before the age fifty, then they would be at a risk of developing osteoporosis, which leads directly into a compression fracture.
  • People who currently smoke are at a much higher risk of developing compression fractures because when a person smokes, their bone thickness begins to deteriorate faster than that of a nonsmoker.

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