Pain Management

What to expect after a fracture

Pain is your body’s natural response to a broken bone and injuries to the tissue around it. You may be surprised to read that some fractures do not cause pain; two-thirds of spine fractures are painless or misdiagnosed, for example as a pulled muscle. These spine fractures are often detected on an x-ray that is conducted for another reason, such as  investigating a lung problem. But spine fractures can cause pain. Here are some ways pain can be managed.


Many people heal completely and no longer have pain. However, some people have chronic pain which continues long after their injury has healed.

What to expect from some specific types of fractures

The four most common sites for broken bones due to osteoporosis are the wrist, the shoulder, the hip and the spine. Bones in the spine are called vertebrae.

Take Charge: Manage your Pain!

Keep track of when and where you feel pain and discuss it with your doctor.

Review your chart to see if your pain is getting better, and what actions help ease your pain. If you cannot manage your pain or it gets worse, call your doctor.