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Trauma

Description

Spinal trauma results from significant physical injury sustained as a result of high energy impacts or falls. Motor vehicle accidents and common falls account for a large portion of spinal trauma. These injuries can lead to compression of one or more vertebrae. Weakened bones (osteoporosis) can also lead to fracture at a low level of trauma. A traumatic episode can result in the sudden onset of back pain.

Symptoms

  • Back pain after an incident
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Paralysis

Causes

  • High energy impact trauma
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Falls
  • Weakened bones (Osteoporosis)

Possible Treatment Options

  • Non Operative Treatment

  • Pain medications, patience, and bracing are sometimes needed. Surgery may be considered for those who do not improve.

  • Lumbar Vertebral Body Replacement

  • If a vertebral body has been severely fractured in a traumatic event, the entire vertebral body may be replaced with a stabilized metal cage or bone strut. Instrumentation anchored to the surrounding vertebral bodies stabilizes the construct.

  • Decompression

  • This surgical procedure involves removing all or a portion of the lamina, removing bone spurs and/or enlarging the foramen to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.

  • Posterolateral Fusion

  • Often times, in addition to a decompression, your surgeon will perform an instrumented posterolateral fusion by inserting a series of rods and screws coupled with the placement of bone graft. This fusion provides increased spinal stability depending on the severity of the injury.

For more information on Trauma, visit UnderstandSpineSurgery.com.

What Do Our Clients Say…

  • "I had a great experience with my back problems. Dr. Dhupar was able to guide me through a course of non-operative treatment and avoid surgery. I would highly recommend a visit if you have back problems."

  • "My husband suffered for years until Dr. Dhupar stopped his sciatica through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We are very thankful and highly recommend his services."

  • "Thank you very much for helping me. I had excruciating pain until I had a microdiscectomy. The operation helped me tremendously and I highly recommend the helpful staff at North Colorado Spine.

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