Spinal Fracture – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Guess provides complete spine care services to the patients across Carrollton, TX. The spine specialist has extensive experience in treating a wide range of injuries and orthopedic conditions, including fracture, Herniated Disc, Osteoarthritis, Spondylolisthesis etc.

Spinal Fracture

The spine is made up of 33 small bones called vertebrae. There is an elongated cavity between these vertebrae which encases the delicate spinal cord. A bunch of nerves can be seen jutting out from this cord into the different organs. The spinal cord maintains body balance and is responsible for sending signals from the brain to different body parts. A spinal fracture occurs when one or more vertebrae develop a crack, collapse above each other or break apart. Most of the fractures are observed in the lower back.

Spinal fractures can cause additional damage as the collapsed or broken vertebrae can lead to nerve pinching and irritation. It may also damage the spinal cord leading to permanent disabilities.

Causes Of Spinal Fracture

  • Vehicular accident
  • Osteoporosis causes loss of bone density and makes them prone to breakage
  • A direct fall on the back
  • Chemotherapy and radiation during cancer damages bone mass
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Menopausal stage makes women prone to fractures
  • Repeated use of corticosteroids
  • Loss of bone strength due to ageing
  • Sports injuries

Symptoms Of Spinal Fracture

  • Dull to severe pain
  • Change in posture and gait
  • Loss of height due to collapse of vertebrae
  • Development of a hump
  • The chest may be pulled inwards
  • Difficulty in breathing and digestion
  • Imbalance in the body
  • Paralysis
  • Limited body movement

Diagnosis Of Spinal Fracture

  • Clinical examination of the patient
  • Assessment of change in posture, gait, height and alignment of the spine
  • Analysis of patient’s medical history and previous injuries
  • X-ray imaging
  • CT scan may be conducted to obtain a 2-D picture of the spine
  • MRI scan may reveal soft tissue, muscular, ligament and nerve damage

Treatment For Spinal Fracture

Spinal fracture can be treated both surgically and non-surgically depending on the severity of the injury. The methods of treatment may include the following:

  • Immobilization of the spine using a back brace or collar for a few weeks
  • Traction to realign the dislocated bones
  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed
  • Bone graft and fusion may be done surgically using screws, pins, plates and hooks to merge two vertebrae. This enables them to grow back into a single solid bone mass
  • Kyphoplasty- Space is first created between the broken vertebrae using an inflated balloon and then filled up by injecting bone cement into the cavity
  • Physiotherapy may be helpful in regaining mobility and flexibility post-surgery

For effective treatment of spinal fracture, consult Dr. Guess. To request an appointment with the spine surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.