Spine fractures caused by trauma — such as a sudden blow or injury to the vertebrae — can occur anywhere on the spine, including bones in the neck or cervical spine, bones in the upper back or thoracic spine, the lower back or lumbar spine, and the section of connected bone at the very bottom of the spinal column called the sacrum. The first symptom of a broken bone is usually pain unless the spinal cord has been injured, which can produce weakness, paralysis and lack of sensation. Depending on the location of the fracture, the damaged structures can injure the spinal cord or spinal nerves that lead to pain in the arms or legs, or affect the bowel, bladder or sexual organs. Surgical treatment of spinal fractures is aimed at realigning the broken pieces and keeping them in alignment until the bone has healed.
To schedule your consultation, complete the ‘Request an Appointment’ section on this page or call Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720. Our spine surgeon team will work with you to determine the best treatment for your condition. If surgery is recommended for your condition, your surgeon will explain the procedure to you, along with the risks and benefits, in order for you to make an informed decision about your care.