Spinal Fracture 101
The term spinal fracture refers to the serious injury of one or more spinal columns, or vertebra. Many of these injuries are the result of accidents or injuries. However, certain people are more susceptible to spinal fracture, especially those who have osteoporosis or other bone-weakening diseases. With a proper understanding of your spine and spinal fractures, medical experts can devise the proper treatment plan for you.
The Three Columns
To properly understand spinal fractures, it’s important to understand the parts of the vertebrae that can be affected by them. The front of the vertebra, which faces towards your body is known as the anterior column.
The portion of the spine that stabilizes the spine is the middle column. When the middle column is damaged, nerve damage often occurs at the same time, because the middle column is home to an important ligament.
The back portion of your spine is known as the posterior column.
Different Kinds of Spinal Fractures
While every spinal injury varies, according to the vertebrae that are affected, there are four common types of spinal fractures that you need to know about:
Severe accidents often result in burst fractures, which often occur when an extreme force causes several simultaneous vertebral fractures.
Compression fractures occur when the anterior column of a vertebra collapses, causing it to take on a wedge shape.
Flexion-Distraction fractures often result from sudden, rapid forward movements. This type of spinal fracture is common in automobile accidents.
Spinal Fracture Treatment Options
A minor spinal fracture can often be treated by non-surgical methods; a few of these include PRP Injections, calcium or vitamin supplements, and an external brace, which will stabilize your back until your spine has properly healed.
If you or somebody you love has been suffering from a spinal column injury, don’t live another day in pain. You need a tailored treatment plan that will get you back to your optimal spinal health. To learn more about spinal fractures and treatment options, contact the Orthopedic PRP Doctor today to schedule a consultation. We can answer any questions you might have and will recommend the right plan to eradicate the pain and discomfort. Your journey to relief begins today.