Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Dec. 8, 2010
Updated: Dec. 8, 2010
Spinal fractures occur when significant force and pressure is applied to the spinal column, causing the bone or ligaments to fail and break.
Spinal fractures occur mostly due to motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and falls. In some cases the spine may already be weakened due to osteoporosis or other medical conditions which may increase the chance of a fracture during an accident.
Symptoms of a spinal fracture vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. Most people will feel pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle spasms.
Your physician will order spinal x-rays to detect the presence of a spinal fracture. If necessary, he or she may also order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to more fully assess the injury.
Treatment of a spinal fracture depends on the location and severity of the injury. Treatment options include observation, bracing, and surgical intervention.