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Vertebral compression fractures

Rachel Ashcroft-Hands discusses the impact of vertebral compression fractures and the need for prompt diagnosis, treatment and support.

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Rachel Ashcroft-Hands BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies, RGN is an Osteoporosis Nurse for the National Osteoporosis Society, Bath.

Article accepted for publication: July 2011