Trauma to the Spine
Spinal trauma results from significant physical injury sustained as a result of high energy impacts or falls. Motor vehicle accidents and common falls account for a large portion of spinal trauma.
These injuries can lead to compression of one or more vertebrae. Weakened bones (osteoporosis) can also lead to fracture at a low level of trauma.
A traumatic episode can result in the sudden onset of back pain.
- Back pain after an incident
- Weakness or numbness
- High energy impact trauma
- Motor vehicle accident
- Weakened bones (Osteoporosis)
Pain medications, patience, and bracing are sometimes needed.
Surgery may be considered for those who do not improve.
Lumbar Vertebral Body Replacement
If a vertebral body has been severely fractured in a traumatic event, the entire vertebral body may be replaced with a stabilized metal cage or bone strut. Instrumentation anchored to the surrounding vertebral bodies stabilizes the construct.
This surgical procedure involves removing all or a portion of the lamina, removing bone spurs and/or enlarging the foramen to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.
Often times, in addition to a decompression, your surgeon will perform an instrumented posterolateral fusion by inserting a series of rods and screws coupled with the placement of bone graft.
This fusion provides increased spinal stability depending on the severity of the injury.