Traumatic Spinal Fractures

Bakersfield Traumatic Spinal Fractures

Traumatic spinal fractures occur when one or more of the spinal vertebrae is either fractured or dislocated. Since these fractures occur near the central nervous system, they may compress or even damage the surrounding nerves. This can lead to severe complications ranging from debilitating pain to immobility and paralysis. While some fractures will heal on their own, many traumatic spinal fractures in [city] will require surgical intervention to realign the bones.

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Did you know…

the spine is made up of 33 vertebrae? While strong, these bones are subject to fracture when faced with a high impact – specifically those in the lower back. In fact, the vast majority of traumatic spinal fractures occur in the lower back region. The next most commonly affected region – the neck – is responsible for approximately 10 percent of spinal fractures.

Falls and sports accidents are some of the ways spinal fractures occur, although car accidents are the number one primary cause, contributing to nearly 1 in 2 fractures. There are also several types of secondary causes that may lead to fracture, such as osteoporosis, which weakens the bones and makes them more susceptible to injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of a traumatic spinal fracture?

The type and extent of symptoms depend on the area of the spine affected. Nearly all spinal fractures will cause back or neck pain, which may vary in severity from person to person. They may also induce neurological complications, such as muscle spasms, numbness and tingling, changes in bowel or bladder function, and paralysis.

Are there different types of spinal fractures?

There are two main types of spinal fractures. The first – a compression fracture – occurs when an abrupt force causes the vertebrae to break apart, collapsing it downward. The second – a fracture dislocation – occurs when a broken vertebrae is accompanied by a tears in the surrounding tissues and ligaments.

How is a spinal fracture treated in [city]?

A traumatic spinal fracture must first be confirmed through a series of diagnostic tests. This usually includes a physical exam, as well as a series of imaging scans, such as an x-ray, CT scan and MRI scan. If a spinal fracture is confirmed, the spine must first be stabilized to prevent additional injury.

In some cases, fractures are treated with braces or orthotics over the course of several weeks. However, many traumatic spine fractures require spinal fusion surgery in [city] to join vertebrae together and allow them to heal. In the case of compression fractures, it may be possible to surgically repair a broken vertebrae through a minimally invasive procedure that expands the fractured area and fills it with bone cement.

For more information about traumatic spinal fractures and the options for treatment in [city], contact our office. We look forward to serving you soon.