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Why are spinal compression fractures so disabling?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Social Security Disability (SSD)

When people speak of debilitating back injuries, they often have traumatic events in mind – but compression fractures are a silent threat.

Compression fractures primarily affect the vertebrae in someone’s spine. They can be caused by a sudden impact, such as a fall, but they can also happen due to the gradual wear and tear on the human body and age-related conditions like osteoporosis. 

The limitations caused by compression fractures can be significant

Compression fractures can affect any part of the spine, from the lumbar area in the lower back through the cervical area in the neck. While there are surgical procedures, like kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, that can alleviate some of the symptoms of compression fractures, those can be risky and the results are not guaranteed. Pain medication, bed rest and back braces are the primary forms of treatment.

Compression fractures can essentially leave victims with:

  • Chronic pain: The damaged vertebrae can cause nerve compression, muscle spasms and inflammation that’s unrelenting.
  • Limited mobility: Compression fractures can limit the range of motion, making it challenging for individuals to perform daily activities, such as bending, lifting or even walking.
  • Deformity and posture issues: As compression fractures alter the shape and structure of the spine, victims can develop a forward stoop or a hunched posture that affects their appearance and exacerbates pain and functional limitations.
  • Reduced independence: People with compression fractures often find themselves dependent on others for assistance with routine tasks. Simple activities like getting out of bed, showering or cooking can become impossible tasks.
  • Psychological damage: Living with chronic pain and physical limitations can have a profound impact on someone’s mental health. Depression, anxiety, and a decreased sense of well-being are common with compression fractures.

If you have disabling back pain from compression fractures, you may be able to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Learning more about your options can help.