It is estimated that half of spinal fractures, or broken backs, are caused by car accidents. Spinal fractures can be very painful, and they can also result in a disability. Compression fractures, burst fractures, flexion-distraction fractures and fracture dislocations are the different types of spinal fractures. Fracture dislocations can potentially threaten the spinal cord. Construction accidents and slip and fall accidents can also cause spinal fractures.
Fractures can be classified as minor or major. They can also be classified as unstable or stable. A major fracture involves the lamina, pedicles or vertebral body. Major fractures are often accompanied by a misalignment of the vertebrae or nerve damage. A major fracture may make it impossible for a person to walk.
A minor fracture involves the facet joints located at the back of the vertebra and the spinous process. Injuries in this area do not have as much effect on the spine’s stability.
If there is a stable fracture, then the spine will still be able to bear weight. Unstable fractures result in spine deformity and nerve damage. Unstable spinal fractures have a tendency to get worse with time. They can also result in paralysis.
Symptoms of a Spinal Fracture
- Pain shooting through the legs or arms
- Weakness, numbing and tingling in the arms or legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
Long-Term Effects of a Spinal Fracture
If a spinal fracture is not treated properly, then it can have a number of long-term effects. Below are some examples of the long-term effects of a spinal fracture:
- Loss of height
- Bone loss
- Sleeping problems
- Lung problems
- Appetite loss
- Increased risk of death
Treatment Of A Spinal Fracture
Wearing a brace, using anti-inflammatory medications and resting are the treatments recommended first for a back injury. If the fracture does not heal, then spinal surgery will be the next option.
Help For People Who Have Suffered A Broken Back
If you have suffered a broken back or another catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, then you should contact Zimmerman & Frachtman. We want to help ease your pain and suffering by helping you get compensated.
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