The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They specialize in treating various spinal injuries such as fractures, dislocations, Herniated Discs etc.

Spinal Fracture

The spine consists of 33 vertebrae which provide support to the body. A spinal fracture occurs when any of these bones break, crack or collapse. The injury can occur anywhere along the spinal cord, but is most commonly seen in the lumbar spine. People who smoke, are overweight or elderly are more susceptible to spinal fracture.

Types Of Spinal Fracture

  • Compression fracture: People with weak bones have more chances of having this fracture. It occurs when a vertebra is not able to withstand the sudden increase in the pressure.
  • Flexion-distraction Fracture: A sudden forward movement puts stress on the spine which can lead to this type of fracture.
  • Burst fracture: This fracture occurs in case of a trauma or excessive force. The fracture causes the vertebra to crush in multiple pieces and spread along the spinal canal.
  • Fracture dislocation: When a fractured vertebra moves out of its original place, it is known as a fracture dislocation.

Causes Of Spinal Fracture

  • Osteoporosis: It is a medical condition that leads to gradual loss of bone strength, making them prone to fractures.
  • Tumor: A tumor in the spine can lead to wear and tear of the vertebrae, which can cause the bone to collapse.
  • Accidents: Car accidents, sports related injuries, etc. can also be a cause of spinal fracture.
  • Other injuries: Falling from a height, may cause the vertebrae to rupture.
  • Deficiency of calcium: Acute deficiency of calcium may weaken the spinal vertebrae to such an extent that they may collapse.

Symptoms Of Spinal Fracture

  • Sudden and severe back pain
  • Difficulty in  walking, bending or twisting
  • Deformity of the spine
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

Treatment For Spinal Fracture

Non-surgical Treatment:

  • Rest:  The doctor may recommend proper rest and avoidance of rigorous physical activities to treat the fracture.
  • Medications: Anti –inflammatory medicines can be prescribed by the spine specialist to provide relief from pain. Calcium supplements can also be taken to overcome the deficiency of calcium.
  • Braces: Wearing a brace may help to maintain spinal alignment, restrict movement and support the structures in the spine.
  • Physical Therapy: Performing exercises, as recommended by the physical therapist, can help to restore the flexibility of the spine.

Surgical Treatment:

  • Spinal Fusion: This involves joining two or more spinal bones permanently to eliminate any movement between them.
  • Kyphoplasty And Vertebroplasty: These minimally invasive procedures are performed to correct the deformity in the fractured bone. Both surgeries involve using a balloon or needle to inject liquid bone cement to join the fractured vertebrae.

For comprehensive treatment of spinal fracture, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.