Spinal Fracture Surgery in New Jersey
When it comes to spine fracture surgery, New Jersey spine surgeon Dr. Joshua Rovner has the comprehensive experience patients trust. As one of the states leading destinations for spine surgery in NJ, spinal fractures are a spinal condition that Dr. Rovner and his advanced surgical team treats.
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.
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.
Depending on which vertebra is fractured, the following symptoms can be felt in different parts of the body:
- Severe amounts of pain
- 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.