Spinal Fractures – Types & Treatment Options
Author: Dr. Hamid Abbasi
DATE: 04 Apr 2016
Spinal fractures come in several different forms and can be caused by numerous accidents and conditions. Treating spine fractures requires a strategic approach. In this article we are going to talk about the various types of spine fractures – and how to identify and treat each one.
Types of Spine Fractures
Spine fractures occur when a spinal vertebral bone breaks. Fractures of the spine can come in several forms – all with their own unique symptoms and recommended treatment methods. Here are a few of the most common types of spinal fractures:
- Compression or Wedge Fracture – these fractures occur with the spine experiences too much pressure and the bones fracture. This is especially common in patients with bone weakening conditions like osteoporosis.
- Burst Fracture – caused by severe trauma (such as an auto accident), these fractures happen when the vertebral bone is crushed in multiple locations.
- Dislocation Fracture – when a spinal vertebra becomes dislodged from its proper location in the spine.
Spinal fractures can be caused by acute injuries (such as a slip and fall accident) or degenerative conditions like osteoporosis. Fractures can also be subcategorized as being stable or unstable, as well as major or minor, depending on their severity. Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate a spinal fracture:
- Back pain
- Numbness or tingling in the back or extremities
- Bladder or bowel issues
Treating Fractures of the Spine
Effectively treating spinal fractures depends on the type of fracture the patient has sustained. Minor fractures can be treated first with conservative methods like pain killers, bracing, and injections. With more serious fractures, a minimally invasive keyhole spinal surgery may be necessary to correct the fracture and prevent any further damage to the spine. If surgery is necessary, consider an Inspired Spine procedure. Our revolutionary surgical techniques are back by studies and proven to offer shorter operating times, quicker recoveries, and less patient pain. Contact us today to see if you are a good candidate for one of our procedures.