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How a Simple Fall Caused My Spinal Fracture
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How a Simple Fall Caused My Spinal Fracture

Dawn, despite hearing a loud pop after falling, never thought she could have fractured her spine, but she did. Read her story.

Signs Your Back Pain Is Serious
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Signs Your Back Pain Is Serious

Some aches and pain here and there are normal—ones that tend to go away after you rest or exercise, but you shouldn't be in severe and significant pain for a long time. Learn more.

I Recovered From Anorexia in My 20s, but I’m Still Coping With the Damage to My Bones at 50
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I Recovered From Anorexia in My 20s, but I’m Still Coping With the Damage to My Bones at 50

I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.

My Back Pain Turned Out to Be a Vertebral Compression Fracture
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My Back Pain Turned Out to Be a Vertebral Compression Fracture

Susan fell while roller skating with grandson, which caused a bone in her spine to collapse. Read her story. 


Should You Have Back Surgery for Your Pain?
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Should You Have Back Surgery for Your Pain?

Learn when to speak with your health care provider about diagnostic tests like an XRAY or MRI to determine if surgery may be the best option for you.

Fast Facts on VCF
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Fast Facts on VCF

The risk of this condition increases with age; about 40 percent of women age 80 and older are affected. Here’s what you need to know.

Back Pain Is Not a Normal Part of Aging
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Back Pain Is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Basic aches and pains are facts of life, but back pain shouldn't be severe and significant. Learn more about serious back pain.