Conditions

Spinal Fracture

The bones that make up the spine (verterbrae) can weaken (osteoporosis), fracture or crumble, and result in back pain, height loss, and hunched posture.
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Symptoms

Depending on the injury location and severity of the damage, patients may experience back pain, numbness and tingling, muscle spasms or weakness, difficulty walking, or inability to move the arms or legs.

Causes

The most common cause of spinal fracture is car accidents, falls, sports injuries, or gunshots.

Treatments

After an accident, urgent medical attention is critical to help minimize the damage, prevent further injury, and help patients return to a fulfilling lifestyle.

Braces & Orthotics

This treatment helps control pain by immobilizing and aligning the spine during the 8 to 12 week healing process.

Fusion Surgery

Fusion surgery can join (graft) two vertebrae into a solid piece of bone with implanted hardware like: rods, plates, hooks, screws or cages.

Vertebroplasty & Kyphoplasty Surgery

This minimally invasive procedure injects bone cement to stabilize fractured vertebrae from spinal tumors and bone degeneration (osteoporosis).

Rehabilitation

A rehabilitation team might consist of several caregivers that specialize in physical, occupational, nutritional, and recreational therapies.

New Technologies

New medical devices can help some patients improve their mobility, independence, and physical functionality. These technologies include modern wheelchairs, computer adaptations, electronic aids, electrical stimulation, and robotic gait training.

Source: Mayo Clinic