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Fractures Of The Spine

The most common fractures of the spine occur in the thoracic (midback) and lumbar spine (lower back) or the connection of the two (thoracolumbar junction). These fractures are usually caused by a high-speed accident, such as a car accident or a fall from a height.

The man suffered fractures of the thoracic spine or lumbar four times more often than women. Seniors are also at risk for these fractures, weakened bones from osteoporosis due.

Because the energy required to cause a vertebral fracture is large, patients often suffer additional injuries that require treatment. The spinal cord can be injured, depending on the severity of vertebral fractures.

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