Symptoms and Warning Signs

Usually, fractures are extremely painful and unmistakable. There is deep pain and tenderness around the site of the fracture. If the fracture is in the spine, the pain may radiate to neighboring areas of the body. Standing and sitting may be particularly painful. However, sometimes you will not feel any symptoms. You may also have pain before the fracture occurs if your bones are weak from osteoporosis or another chronic disease. 

Some fractures, including compression fractures of the spine, may not cause pain and will only be noticed on an x-ray. You may find, however, that you are getting shorter or that your shape is changing. Your upper back may stick out in a “widow’s hump” (kyphosis). These may signal compression fractures of the bones in your back.


Last Updated June 2020