A spine fracture is a break in one of the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The body of the vertebra, which bears the weight, can break. It has smaller bones that branch off to form a protective ring around the spinal cord. These bones, which can also break, include:
A spine fracture can damage the spinal cord or a nerve root. The nerve root is the part of a nerve that leads from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Your doctor will give you specific information about your type of break.
You may be sent home with a brace to help your back heal. You can help your spine heal with care at home.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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