How serious is a fractured spine?

Is a spine fracture serious?

Spinal fractures or a dislocation of one or more vertebrae in a spine caused by trauma is considered a serious orthopedic injury. The majority of these fractures occur as a result from a high velocity accident and can occur in the neck (cervical spine), mid back (thoracic spine) or low back (lumbar spine).

Can you walk with a fractured 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 it take to recover from a broken spine?

A spinal fracture takes between six and 12 weeks to heal. During the healing process, spinal bones don’t return to their normal shape. They heal in their new compressed shape. This can lead to height loss and curvature of the spine.

How painful is a fractured vertebrae?

If the entire vertebral column breaks, it results in a burst fracture. If the compression is mild, you will experience only mild pain and minimal deformity. If the compression is severe, affecting the spinal cord or nerve roots, you will experience severe pain and a hunched forward deformity (kyphosis).

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What happens if a back fracture is left untreated?

Minor fractures of the spine can be healed with rest and medication, however, more severe fractures might require surgery to realign the bones. If left untreated, spinal fractures can lead to permanent spinal cord injury, nerve damage and paralysis.

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 do you treat a hairline fracture in the back?

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.

Can you recover from a broken spine?

If you have a broken bone in the spine, it will take several weeks or more to heal. You probably won’t need surgery, but you will need to exercise and get rest. During the first week after a fracture, you will need more rest and less activity in order to heal.

How do you know if your back injury is serious?

What are the symptoms of serious back injury?

  1. difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
  2. problems with urinating or passing stool (poo)
  3. numbness or pins and needles to the arms, legs, hands or feet.
  4. fever.
  5. paralysis.
  6. blood in the urine.
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Can you break your back and not be 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.

Can I exercise with a fractured vertebrae?

Activity Modification. A fractured vertebra has the potential to heal regardless of your age, the severity of the fracture, and whether you have other medical conditions. In order to give the bone time to heal, your doctor may recommend that you avoid all high impact activities, including sports and exercise.