Burst Fracture

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Burst Fracture

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What is Burst Fracture?

A burst fracture is an injury to the spine. It occurs when the vertebral body is severely compressed, causing it to break apart. The fracture may extend into the vertebral arch and can cause severe nerve damage in some cases.

A burst fracture can be caused by a sudden impact or twisting motion, such as falling from a height onto your back or hitting your back on a hard surface.

What are the types of Burst Fracture?

Burst fractures are the result of a bone breaking into pieces, but not completely separating. These fractures can be classified according to how they were caused, as well as how they were treated.

Dens Fracture

Most common type of burst fracture in the spine, where multiple vertebrae are fractured at their junction with each other

Extension Teardrop Fracture

When a vertebra is fractured where it was extended or pulled out of its normal position. This type of fracture is most common in the neck area and is often associated with whiplash injuries.

Flexion Teardrop Fracture

When a vertebra is fractured where it was flexed or bent forward out of its normal position. This type of fracture is most common in the lower back area and is often associated with lifting accidents.

Hangman Fracture

When a vertebrae is fractured during hanging or strangulation. This type of fracture often results from suicide attempts or autoerotic asphyxiation gone wrong, but has also been known to occur during police interrogation practices when interrogators use too much force on suspects’ necks (also known as “cavity searches”).

What are the symptoms of Burst Fracture?

The symptoms of a burst fracture include:

  • Pain in the back or neck area
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms and legs
  • Weakness in your arms or legs

What are the causes of Burst Fracture?

There are many causes of burst fractures, including:

  • A direct blow to the back or neck that causes a sudden increase in pressure on your spine.
  • The sudden impact of a fall or car accident that results in a sudden jolt to your spine
  • Decreased bone density due to osteoporosis or other medical conditions that affect your bones

What are the risk factors for Burst Fracture?

Risk factors for burst fractures include:

  • Age over 50 years old
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of bones)
  • Tumors or cysts in your spine
  • A herniated disk (bulging disk)
  • Sudden extreme force to your back (like a car accident)

How to prevent Burst Fracture?

In order to prevent burst fractures, it is important to take precautions during activities that may put pressure on your spine. These include:

  • Weightlifting
  • Baseball or softball pitching
  • Football tackling
  • Basketball shooting
  • Wrestling

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Burst Fracture?

To help with recovery and rehabilitation, it is important to perform exercises that strengthen the muscles around your spine. These include:

Leg Slides

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift one leg up as high as you can and hold for 10 seconds before lowering it down again. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

Hip Bridge

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift both legs up until they’re straight out in front of you, and then bring them back together again slowly. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

These exercises should be done daily until you are fully recovered from your injury or surgery.

What are the treatments for Burst Fracture?

The most common treatment for burst fractures is surgery, which can be done with or without instrumentation (a surgical device).

Surgery can be performed through an open incision or with a minimally invasive approach such as a percutaneous procedure (a needle) or robotic-assisted surgery.

If you have a burst fracture, your doctor will discuss various surgical options and recommend the best treatment for you.

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What brace is used for Burst Fracture?

A thoracolumbar spinal brace is used to treat burst fractures. The brace is worn externally and helps support the spine and protect it from further injury.

The brace will be worn until you have recovered enough to not need any support.

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