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Study suggests that X-rays can detect and reduce the chance of spinal fractures in women

A recent study carried out by the University of Gothenburg showed that vertebral compression fractures (VCF) are becoming very common in the elderly and can be prevented with a simple X-ray procedure and X-rays should be included in routine check-ups. By doing this, the study suggests, that the risks of vertebral compressions can be decreased, and effective treatment can be given to the patients on time. VCFs affect older women, especially with osteoporosis, and become easy targets for this issue. However, the majority of women remain unaware that the backaches are due to VFCs. A routine check-up can make detection easier. It was a SUPERB-based study population (Sahlgrenska University Hospital Prospective Evaluation of Risk of Bone Fractures) with 3,028 participants from Gothenburg around the age of 75 to 80.

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