Can you break your spine without being paralyzed?
A person can “break their back or neck,” yet not sustain a spinal cord injury if only the bones around the spinal cord (the vertebrae) are damaged and the spinal cord is not affected. In these situations, the individual may not experience paralysis after the bones are stabilized.
Is a fractured spine life threatening?
Neurologic problems that are the result of a spinal fracture can be devastating and life threatening. Spinal fractures that involve damage to the spinal cord often include serious neurologic injury.
Can you recover from fractured spine?
Yes. In the majority of people spinal fractures heal without complication. Very occasionally the broken bone fragments can press on the spinal cord or lower spinal nerves and produce leg numbness and pain. These symptoms should improve.
Can you walk if you break your spine?
Depending on how severe your injury is, you may experience pain, difficulty walking, or be unable to move your arms or legs (paralysis). Many fractures heal with conservative treatment; however severe fractures may require surgery to realign the bones.
How long does a spine fracture take to heal?
This takes most of the pressure off the fractured vertebral body, and allows the vertebrae to heal. It also protects the vertebra and stops further collapse of the bone. Vertebral fractures usually take about three months to fully heal.
How much force does it take to fracture your spine?
It is hard to quantify how much force it would take to break a human spine, Bydon said. But studies have shown, he added, that it would require a force greater than 3,000 newtons to fracture the cervical spine. That’s equal to the impact created by a 500-pound car crashing into a wall at 30 miles per hour.
How should you sleep with a fractured spine?
Sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees. This will decrease pressure on your back. You may also sleep on your side with 1 or both of your knees bent and a pillow between them. It may also be helpful to sleep on your stomach with a pillow under you at waist level.
How is a fractured back treated?
The majority of fractures heal with pain medication, reduction in activity, medications to stabilize bone density, and a good back brace to minimize motion during the healing process. Most people return to their everyday activities. Some may need further treatment, such as surgery.
What happens if a fracture is left untreated?
When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.
How do you know if your back injury is serious?
What are the symptoms of serious back injury?
- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- problems with urinating or passing stool (poo)
- numbness or pins and needles to the arms, legs, hands or feet.
- blood in the urine.