The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of spinal fractures. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What are spinal fractures?
A spinal fracture is a serious injury. Spinal fractures can occur anywhere along the spine, including the neck, mid-back, and lower back. They are always considered to be a medical emergency as severe fractures can damage the spinal cord and lead to paralysis.
What causes spinal fractures?
Spinal fractures are most commonly caused by high-impact trauma, such as a car crash, a sports-related injury, or a fall. They can also be the result of a medical condition that has weakened the bones, such as osteoporosis, a tumor, or cancer.
What are the symptoms of spinal fractures?
Common symptoms of spinal fractures include:
- Moderate to severe pain in the neck or back, often made worse with movement
- Tingling or numbness
How are spinal fractures diagnosed?
Your Hurley physician will conduct complete physical and neurological exams to evaluate your sensory responses to temperature, pain, and pressure, as well as testing muscular strength and reflexes. In addition, CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays may be ordered.
How are spinal fractures treated?
For mild compression fractures, your physician may recommend physical therapy, pain medications, steroid injections, and/or bracing. More severe fractures may require surgery to correct. Your physician can make a treatment recommendation based on your particular case.