Spine fractures can result from minor injuries such as a fall or sports collision or from higher energy events like car accidents. The severity of the fracture often follows the force of impact.
There are three types of fractures which will be diagnosed based on the fracture pattern:
While symptoms will vary based on the fracture pattern, the general theme is back pain that is made worse by movement.
Nonsurgical treatment typically consists of long-term bracing (at least six weeks), and can be successful when there is not much collateral damage. Sadly, that is not often the case, and surgery is typically recommended if any of the following are present:
- Multiple bone fragments
- Bones are bent or angled due to the injury
- Severe loss of vertebral body height
- Spinal cord, nerve or posterior ligament damage
At OrthoNebraska, your treatment plan is developed collaboratively between you and your care team, and includes a discussion of the risks and benefits as they pertain to you individually.
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