Fractured Spine

Fractured Spine Treatment in Kansas City, MO


A spinal fracture is a dislocation or fracture of the vertebrae and can occur anywhere along the spine; most spinal fractures are caused by injury or trauma from car accidents, falls, sports, or high-velocity impact. 

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Spinal Fracture Types

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  • Back pain, specifically pain that’s caused by a vertebral injury
  • If you notice that you’re shrinking or have an overly stooped posture
  • Weakness or brittleness of bones to the point of easily breaking

Below are the different types of spinal fractures:

  • Compression Fracture – Usually caused by osteoporosis, a tumor, or other abnormalities. The front of the vertebra fractures and deteriorates, while the back stays stable
  • Axial Burst Fracture – Caused by the loss of height on the front and back of the vertebra due to a fall or vertical impact
  • Chance Fracture – Caused by the pulling apart of the vertebrae due to a violent injury. This type of fracture is typically the result of a car accident

Spinal Fracture Symptoms

The symptoms of a spinal fracture differ depending on the severity and location of the injury. The most common symptoms of a spinal fracture are below:

  • Pain in the back or neck that worsens with movement
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness or paralysis of the limbs
  • Uncontrolled muscle spasms
  • Loss of urinary or bowel control

Spinal Fracture Treatment

Immediate stabilization is very important when a spinal fracture occurs. If left untreated, or unstabilized, spinal fractures can lead to a permanent spinal cord injury, nerve damage, and paralysis.

Some minor fractures can be treated non-surgically, however, surgery may be recommended for those with unstable fractures to help relieve pressure on the spinal cord and stabilize the spine.
Treatment for spinal fractures may include:

Physical therapy

The use of medications to help with issues like:

  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Blood pressure
  • Other health issues

Follow up care with one of our specialists here at Ortho Health of KC, who can help with a long-term rehabilitation plan

Fractured Spine Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City spine and back specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.