Conditions and Treatments

Spinal Trauma/Fractures

What Is a Spinal Fracture?

A spinal fracture is a serious injury in which one or more vertebra in the spinal column collapse, causing the vertebra, which normally has a rectangular shape, to become compressed. It is typically caused by high-impact trauma, such as a car accident or long-distance fall, but can also be caused by osteoporosis in older individuals with weakened bones. The most common spinal fracture occurs in the thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower back) spine or where the thoracic and lumbar connect (thoracolumbar junction). Thoracic or lumbar spine fractures affect men four times more often than women. The severity of the trauma that causes spinal fractures usually indicates the patient has additional injuries.

What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Trauma/Fracture?

What Are the Causes of Spinal Trauma/Fracture?

What is the Treatment for Spinal Trauma/Fracture?

Non-surgical Treatment