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Spinal Fracture Overview
A spinal fracture is serious. Most of these fracture injuries occur in the midback or thoracic area and in the lower back or lumbar spine. These are fractures that primarily occur by high velocity accidents, such as a fall from a great height or an automobile accident. Men are victims four times more often than women and senior citizens are at higher risk secondary to their higher incidence of osteoporosis, which weakens bones.
Because these are high velocity injuries, these patients often have other injuries that take precedence over the spinal fracture but because of the nature of spinal fractures, they must be kept in mind at all times during the stabilization process. The chance of spinal cord injuries is always possible in a spinal fracture.
Causes of spinal cord injuries are high energy trauma including a car crash, a fall from height, a sporting injury, or a violent act like a penetrating gunshot wound. Spinal fractures do not always have to be caused by trauma. Tumors, osteoporosis, or underlying conditions that weaken bone can fracture a vertebra, even during regular daily activities.
There are different kinds of spinal fractures that are classified according to whether or not the spinal fracture occurred and caused a spinal cord injury. This classification syndrome helps to determine the proper treatment. The three major fracture types include flexion injuries, extension injuries and rotational injuries.
Under the category of flexion fractures, there are compression fractures, where the front of the vertebra loses height. This is generally a stable fracture. Axial burst fracture includes loss of height anteriorly and posteriorly. It results from a fall from a great height.
Under the fracture type extension pattern, there is a flexion/distraction fracture. The vertebra is literally pulled apart or distracted. It is a common injury when there is a car accident in which the head is pulled forward and the lap is restrained by the seat belt.
Under the category of rotational fractures, there are transverse process patterns that result from rotation or extreme lateral bending. They are uncommon and affect stability. A fracture dislocation can occur that involves bone and soft tissue. It is an unstable injury because the vertebra can move away from the vertebra above or below it. Serious cord compression is possible.
The main symptoms of a spinal fracture include moderate to severe back pain made worse by movement. When the spinal cord is affected, there is numbness, weakness, tingling, or bowel and bladder dysfunction. There may be injuries or unconsciousness that takes over the back pain making it difficult to diagnose.
Treatment involves emergency stabilization from the EMS rescue workers who should suspect a spine fracture in any severe motor vehicle accident. Before moving the patient, the EMS team should have the patient in a spine back board and a cervical collar.
The emergency room doctor will do a thorough physical exam, including the spine. Neurological tests should be performed that test sensation and movement of all the limbs. Imaging studies such as an MRI scan or CT scan of the spine can tell what kind of fracture a person has and how severe the fracture is.
Most flexion injuries are treated nonsurgically, with a brace for the back for 6-12 weeks. The patient increases activity gradually and undergoes rehabilitation exercises.
Surgery is used for unstable burst fractures that have many fracture fragments, if there is severe loss of vertebral height, if there is angulation or forward bending of the spine, or if the disk is pinching is interfering with the spinal cord. Unstable fractures such as these need to be treated surgically by decompressing the spinal cord and removing parts that are impinging on the cord.
Toronto Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The medical profession which includes doctors, nurses and hospital technicians usually provides a caring service with a high standard of excellence however there are occasions when things do go wrong. Our litigation service is completely free and our Toronto based lawyers will deal with your case using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if you don’t succeed in receiving a financial settlement then your spine fracture lawyer won't get paid.
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