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Spine Trauma and Fractures

The Spine is one of the most common places to be injured, and Spinal fractures and Trauma may occur in the cervical (neck area), lumbar (lower back area), or thoracic (chest area) spine.

Symptoms:

  • Muscle Spasm
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Moderate to Severe pain
  • The symptoms from a nerve compressed from trauma (pinched nerve) include pain, burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Weakness or paralysis may result in the muscles if there is significant pressure on the nerves

Causes:

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Falls
  • Sudden blows to the neck or lower back
  • Falls in the elderly with osteoporosis

Symptoms of Lumbar Spine Trauma and Fractures (Fractures in the lower back):

  • Muscle Spasm in the lower back
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Moderate to Severe pain in the lower back and buttocks
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica). The symptoms from a nerve compressed from trauma (pinched nerve) include pain, burning, numbness, or tingling from the lower back into the buttocks, thighs, legs and feet.
  • Weakness or paralysis may result in the muscles of the leg and feet if there is significant pressure on the nerves
The Spine is one of the most common places to be injured.

Symptoms of a Cervical Spine Trauma and Fractures (Fractures in the neck area):

  • Muscle Spasm in the neck and shoulder
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Moderate to Severe pain in the neck and around the shoulder blades (scapula)
  • Cervical Radiculopathy. The symptoms from a nerve compressed from trauma (pinched nerve) include pain, burning, numbness, or tingling from the neck into the shoulders, arms, forearms, and hands.
  • Weakness or paralysis may result in the muscles of the arms and hands if there is significant pressure on the nerves

Treatments:

The majority of individuals with spinal trauma do not require surgery. Many types of spinal fractures and injuries are treatable with special braces (orthotics).

When trauma results in significant injury to the vertebrae, ligaments, discs, and other important structures in the spine surgery may be necessary. The spine surgery specialists at Comprehensive Spine Care will develop a treatment plan based on your symptoms, physical exam and MRI results.