Spinal fractures are very much different from a broken leg or arm. A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra may cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal cord or spinal nerves. The majority of spinal fractures occur from accidents, gunshots, falls, or sports injuries. Spinal Injuries can range from relatively muscle strains and mild ligament, to dislocations and fractures of the bony vertebrae, to debilitating spinal cord damage. Depending on how severe an injury is, the patient may experience pain, difficulty in walking, or be unable to move arms or legs i.e. paralysis.

Spinal Fracture is an emergency that needs expert management and Paralysis is a dreaded complication of the injury. When it comes to the care of spinal injured persons it requires a full spectrum of physiotherapists, psychologist, occupational therapist, social workers and vocational counselors in order to ensure and optimize recovery.

At Vimhans PrimaMed Institute of Spinal Surgery, the diagnostic workup is already in place which comprises of:

MRI
CT
Digital x-rays and ultrasound
Dedicated team of spine surgeons for providing modern care
We have 24*7 state-of-the-art operation theatres for the stabilization
State-of-the-art physiotherapy department for the rehabilitation

Comprehensive Treatments

Treatment for spine fracture often begins with effective methods so that further deformities can be prevented. It commonly involves managing and stabilizing the pain. The different techniques and methods opted are:

Medications

Properly prescribed medications by our experts help to relieve overall bone and nerve pain. Preferred medicines are acetaminophen, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Nerve related pain is sometimes cured and treated by using certain antidepressants.

Activity modification

Bone loss and chronic pain can be controlled by proper bed rest. However, short-time rest is preferred. Prolonged rest can result in worsening of the health conditions.

Back bracing

The motion of the fractured part of the spine can be limited by using a back brace. Braces assist to relieve symptoms of spine fracture. However, overuse of braces can result into weak muscles and further bone loss. Therefore, braces should be used carefully under the supervision of an expert.

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a phenomenal minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedure. During the spine surgery, a hollow needle is used to inject the bone cement into the fractured part. Compression fractures are commonly corrected with vertebroplasty.

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty surgery is also done to treat compressed fractures. In this procedure or method, initially, the fractured vertebrae are expanded. This is done by inserting a balloon and thereafter inflating it. After that, the empty place is filled with the bone cement. Being less invasive, this method is greatly used.

Spinal fusion surgery

Spinal fusion is one of the most common procedures used to correct unstable fractures. This procedure includes combining the two fractured vertebrae of the spine into a single piece. The fusion is performed with the help of a bone graft. Graft with vertebrae is held in a fixed position with the help of components like rods, screws, or plates. Recovery, often, requires several months.

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