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Health Tip: Signs of a Spinal Fracture

Last Updated: November 04, 2011.

(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.