Types of Spinal Fractures Caused by Auto Accidents
Spinal fractures are not only difficult to diagnose, their classification can also be tricky. In this article our staff and attorneys have gathered resources to help you better understand spinal fractures and the impact they can have on your life.
- Spinal Classification- Here we will be talking about a system that divides the spine into three columns when viewed from the side. The three columns are the anterior (front part of the vertebra that faces in toward your body), middle (the back half of the vertebrae and discs) and the posterior column (the parts you can feel if you run your hand down your spine).
- Minor vs Major Fractures- A minor fracture is one in which the posterior portions of the spine have been broken. These do not affect stability. A major fracture, on the other hand, can make it difficult for the accident victim to carry or distribute weight and can progress and cause further damage.
- Fracture Types- Fracture types include compression, burst, flexion-distraction and fracture-dislocation.
- Risk Factors– Though a spinal fracture can happen during nearly any type of accident, there are those who are at higher risk of a fracture. High risk factors include aging, being female, having a pre-existing spinal fracture and unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking and not exercising.
- Signs of a Spinal Fracture– Signs of a fracture include sudden pain in the area, a stooped posture, loss of height, tingling in the back that may or may not radiate to the arms or legs and loss of bladder or bowel control.
We hope that this article has helped you better understand the risk factors and possible lifelong repercussions of a spinal fracture. If you have been injured in an accident you may very well be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, damage to your car and emotional trauma. Contact your experienced personal injury lawyer at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.