Did you know that around the world, there are 8.9 million bone fractures every year as a result of osteoporosis? Osteoporosis affects more women than men, but is a serious concern for all people as they grow older. As a person’s bones lose density and become more porous, they also become more susceptible to fractures. If you have experienced sudden and intense back pain, see your doctor to find out if you have a vertebral compression fracture. You do not have to live with the pain of such an injury—a process called vertebral augmentation can provide pain relief and a reduced need for pain medication. This minimally invasive procedure can be performed right in the office of the Carolina Back Institute. Check out this infographic to learn more about the link between osteoporosis and compression fractures. Please share with friends and family to spread the word about bone health and back pain.