Spine Archive: Burst Fractures

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Burst Fractures & The Spine

The high-energy vertebra breakage that results from intense axial loading is called a burst fracture. This breakage can be caused from various sudden or powerful events such as falls or collisions from high speed or heights. Sometimes, vertebral “shrapnel” can be lodged in surrounding areas of the breakage point as well.

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Stabilization of Burst Fractures, Erie Co.

Burst fractures and other spinal trauma are outlined in Dr. Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Stabilizations of burst fractures may be obtained either through a posterior or anterior approach. An excessive posterior distraction force should be avoided if significant posterior ligamentous disruption is present, for fear of catastrophic tension injury to the spinal cord with worsening of the spinal deformity.¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.

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Burst Fractures, Western NY

Spinal fractures are outlined further throughout our Knowledge Center.

Burst fractures result from axial compressive failure of the anterior and middle columns with either an intact or disrupted (compressive or tensile failure) posterior column.¹

¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.