Why are osteoporotic fractures of the vertebra so problematic?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
One in five women who break a vertebra of the spine will have another spinal fracture within the year, possibly leading to a fracture cascade that could leave them with a hump like Grandma. Not only does that make you look old, but vertebral fractures can lead to pneumonia and other causes of warranty shortening. Also, you can lose 5 to 7 inches in height following a series of vertebral fractures.

Remember, only one-third of people with vertebral fractures know it. So do the bone-saving strategies as if your independence depends on it—because it does.
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