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Spinal Fractures Symptoms And Treatment

Symptoms

Spinal fracture symptoms always differ depending on the seriousness of the injury and its placement These may include:
  • Back/neck discomfort
  • Lack of feeling
  • Prickly sensation
  • Muscle contractions
  • Weakness
  • Diminished control of bowel/bladder movements
  • Paralysis




Paralysis is the total loss of mobility in the arms and/or legs, and it may be a sign of a spinal cord injury. Only a portion of fractures result in spinal cord injury, and the spinal cord is almost never severed entirely.
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Treatment

Caring for a fracture starts with pain control and stabilization to avoid a more severe injury. Additional bodily damage may present further problems and also require treatment. Depending on the nature of the fracture and whether it needs added support, a brace and/or surgery may be inevitable.

• Braces and orthotics - maintain alignment of the vertebrae, keep the spine stabilized while it heals, and manage pain by limiting mobility. A stable fracture may only need a brace to keep it sturdy. Types of braces include:
• Rigid collars for cervical fractures.
• Cervical-thoracic brace for fractures of the upper back.
• Thoracolumbar-sacral orthosis for fractures of the lower back.
In as little as eight weeks or as much as 12 weeks, the brace is normally removed. Unstable neck fractures or dislocations may call for spinal realignment, in which case traction is utilized to return the spine to its proper position. Use of a halo ring or vest brace could also be justified.

• Instrumentation and fusion - operations intended to take care of unstable fractures. When two vertebrae are united by a bone graft fastened by plates, rods, hooks, screws, or cages, it is accomplished through a process called fusion. The objective of a bone graft is to fuse the vertebrae on either side of it to solidify as one piece of bone. A procedure like this may takes months to reach completion.

• Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty - two invasive procedures that do not require any incision used to treat compression fractures often brought about by osteoporosis and tumors. Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which bone cement is shot by way of inoculation into a fractured vertebra. During kyphoplasty, a balloon is placed within a collapsed vertebra and inflated to return it to its original shape. Bone cement is then injected into the space occupied by the balloon.
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