According to research from Georgetown University, nearly 65 million Americans have reported a recent episode of back pain. In fact, they also indicate that approximately 8% of Americans have chronic back pain problems. This causes…
Back bone fractures may occur for any number of reasons. Understanding the cause of a back bone fracture and seeking the appropriate treatment can make the difference in the amount of pain or discomfort you experience and your overall mobility.
The spinal specialists at Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery help our clients diagnose and treat backbone fractures to improve their quality of life and avoid further damage to their spine.
Causes of Back Bone Fractures
Breaking down the causes of back bone fractures depends on the type of fracture. Typically, these injuries are trauma-related and stem from car accidents, falls from significant heights, or high-impact sports or play. Cancer or osteoporosis are also possible causes of backbone fractures.
In those instances where a backbone fracture developed unrelated to trauma, this is why. Compression fractures are typically the result of weakened bones from osteoporosis, cancer, or other medical conditions that impact the strength of your bones. In this situation, the front portion of the vertebrae fractures while the back portion remains in place. The shape becomes similar to that of a wedge.
Axial Burst Fracture
An axial burst fracture occurs when you fall from a significant height and land on your feet. The height of the vertebra is impacted in the front and back and decreases due to the trauma. Fragments may even separate and injure the spinal cord or the nerves surrounding it.
A chance fracture is also known as a “seat belt injury” characterized by a violent and sudden forward flexed motion. The vertebra is pulled apart in this situation. A good example is a car accident when the upper body suddenly and aggressively moves forward while the pelvis remains held in place by the seat belt.
Back Bone and Spinal Fracture Symptoms
Back bone fracture symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury. In most instances, there is some pain and discomfort. A compression fracture is one exception, as they are sometimes asymptomatic due to the stable nature of the injury. Additional back bone fracture symptoms may include tingling, numbness, weakness, muscle spasms, and paralysis.
Treatment options for fractures are often surgical in nature, depending on the location of the vertebra, the extent of the fracture, and the amount of pain and discomfort caused by the injury. For some other fractures, bracing is an option, as is traction. It depends on the extent of the damage and other factors relating to your spinal cord health.
It is essential, though, to book an appointment with a spinal specialist as soon as possible to assess the fracture and create a treatment plan. Doing nothing can lead to worsening pain and debilitating changes in mobility, which can further compromise your quality of life.
Seek Help for Back Bone Fractures From the Back and Spine Specialists at Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery
Back bone fractures can be debilitating, causing excruciating pain with even the simplest movements. The Orthopedic & Laser Spine Surgery team provides compassionate care with an understanding of how important it is to prioritize your comfort and well-being in any recommended course of treatment. Our spinal surgeons are committed to helping our patients find relief from pain due to back bone fractures. Our personalized approach to treatment can help you regain your quality of life. Call us at (855) 853-6542 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a spinal expert at OLSS.