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Surgical Intervention for Spinal Fractures

A spinal fracture is a break in a vertebral bone. Fractures can be very dangerous because they can lead to damage of the spinal cord itself. Spinal fractures normally occur after extreme trauma, like a car accident or a large fall.

Osteoporosis, a decrease in bone mass or density, can increase the risk of spinal fractures. In these cases, a fracture isn’t always diagnosed right away because there isn’t always an obvious trauma leading to it.

In any case, a spinal fracture requires immediate medical attention to prevent further damage to the spine.

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About the Spine

So, where can a spinal fracture occur? The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and each one of them can be fractured. Combined, those vertebrae make up the spinal column which encloses and protects the spinal cord. In between the vertebrae are intervertebral discs. Here, the spinal nerves have their roots in the spinal cord and radiate to other parts of the body. When there’s a fracture to a vertebra, the cord, nerves, and discs are also at risk of damage from bone fragments.

Symptoms of a Spinal Fracture

Depending on which vertebra is fractured, the following symptoms can be felt in different parts of the body:

  • Severe amounts of pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Paralysis of arms or legs

If the spinal cord was injured, you may experience loss of feeling or difficulty moving your body below where the injury occurred.

Diagnosis of Spinal Fractures

During an emergency visit for spinal fracture surgery at New Jerseys Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, spine surgeon Dr. Rovner will:

  • Administer pain relief and stabilize your spine so no further damage occurs.
  • Review your medical history and any test results you bring with you.
  • Perform a physical exam to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Order any necessary tests, e.g. x-rays or MRI scans.
  • Educate you on your diagnosis.
  • Provide and discuss treatment options with you, including risks and benefitss.
  • Together, you will decide on the treatment option that works best for you.
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Spinal Fracture Treatment

Dr. Rovner recommends surgical treatment only as a last resort. If your diagnosis is a cervical disc herniation, the treatment options he’ll discuss with you are:

  • Modified activity
  • edication
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
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Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Spine Fractures

As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for spinal , whether spine surgery or non-surgical treatment is the best approach. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.

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If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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