Spinal Fracture

Causes of Spinal Fractures

In most cases, accidents or osteoporosis are the primary causes of spinal fractures. Even seemingly minor falls and trauma can cause a fracture. External forces applying pressure to the spine can cause a fracture. A fracture can still occur even when the applied force is minimal.

Over time, osteoporosis can cause a compression fracture due to weakened bones. Compression fractures can also occur due to excessive stress on the spinal column to the point where the bones cannot support the load. 

Diagnosing Spinal Fractures  

Diagnosing a spinal fracture can involve several different tests, typically beginning with a physical examination. Spinal compression fractures may result in a visible protrusion where the spine has been damaged, though fractures caused by acute trauma may not be as noticeable on the surface.

Following the physical examination, imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans may be used to confirm an initial diagnosis and identify the location of the fracture. Fractures in the thoracic (middle of the back) and lumbar (lower back) may require stabilization.

Once the cause and location of the injury have been identified, our team will begin putting together a treatment plan to address your specific situation. 

How Spinal Fractures Are Treated

Treatment methods for spinal fractures depend on the injury's specific nature and location on the spine. Non-surgical treatment options will be used when deemed to be an effective option.

Spinal surgery is often required when the fracture results from severe trauma or degeneration. The specific type of surgery may vary, but we will default to the least-invasive procedure deemed effective in treating the specific spinal injury. Our surgeons have been trained in the latest surgical techniques, meaning you will receive the most effective care available. 


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What can I expect after treatment?

Many variables factor into determining a patient’s recovery time following treatment for a spinal fracture. Non-surgical treatment will likely result in a shorter recovery period. Patients who have undergone surgical treatment may need to spend a period of time in the hospital. In some cases, initial physical therapy will be offered in the facility to help put you on the path to recovery.

In severe cases, an individual may not be able to resume all the activities of daily life for several months. A brace may be necessary to help stabilize the area during recovery.

No matter the treatment option or surgical method prescribed for your fracture, we’re committed to getting you back on your feet and living pain-free as quickly as possible. If you have questions regarding treatment or recovery timelines, please feel free to contact a member of our team.

Spinal Fracture Providers

Michael ChangMichael Chang, MD
Spine Surgeon
Dennis CrandallDennis Crandall, MD
Spine Surgeon
Jason DattaJason Datta, MD
Spine Surgeon
Alec SundetAlec Sundet, MD
Spine Surgeon
Lyle YoungLyle Young, MD
Spine Surgeon