A Vertebral Fracture is a fracture that results in the collapse of a vertebral bone, most commonly near the mid or lower back. Depending on the situation, a fracture may affect one or many vertebrae at a time.
In many cases, vertebral fractures develop due to osteoporosis – a condition that causes the loss of bone density. For individuals with osteoporosis, normal activities can place a greater strain on the body as a whole, and may damage one or many vertebrae just by going about daily mundane activities.
Additionally, a vertebral fracture may be the result of a traumatic injury, or from the pressure a tumor places on the bone when suffering from spinal cancer.