Spine Archive: Thoracolumbar

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Lateral Compression in Thoracolumber Fractures, Buffalo NY

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Lateral compression creates damage similar to that caused by anterior wedge compression. The vertebral body sustains asymmetric collapse on the side of the applied load and tensile failure on the contralateral side. This combination may lead to a chronically unstable and painful deformity that develops into a focal scoliosis.¹

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

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Thoracolumbar Fracture Treatment, WNY

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Surgical treatment should be reserved for patients with unstable fracture patterns and/or neurologic deficits. For patients with incomplete neurologic injuries and spinal cord compression, anterior decompression and stabilization is typically required. The anterior procedure may need to be performed in conjunction with a posterior stabilization procedure in patients with posterior column involvement. Early stabilization of patients with neurologic injuries will allow for early mobilization and rehabilitation placement.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.

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Thoracolumbar Junction Trauma

Injuries to the thoracolumbar junction are usually the result of significant blunt trauma. These injuries represent approximately 50% of all thoracic and lumbar fractures. This increased incidence of fractures to the thoracolumbar junction is the result of its location at the transition point between the rigid thoracic rib cage and the more mobile lumbar spine.¹

¹R. Vaccaro MD, Alexander. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.