Unfortunately, driving anywhere in California means taking on the risk of getting into an accident. Considering the speed many cars travel, a collision can cause serious injuries, and the spine often suffers the brunt of post-accident impacts. Here’s more information about the most common types of spinal fractures.
A burst fracture typically happens after high-impact accidents. The result of a burst fracture is that the vertebrae and spinal column lose height. Sometimes, burst fractures can be unstable. If this happens, bones in the spinal column can move out of place.
Compression spinal fractures occur when the front of the vertebra breaks and then gets compacted. Fortunately, compression fractures often mean that the bones remain in place. However, these injuries are still quite painful to experience.
While not as common as other types of fractures, chance fractures can happen due to a motor vehicle accident. This type of fracture typically causes damage to the area connecting the thoracic and lumbar spine. Severe chance fractures can cause vertebrae to get completely pulled apart.
One of the most severe spinal fractures is a dislocation fracture. Typically involving multiple bones, dislocation fractures take place when one vertebra moves from another vertebra. These injuries can often cause severe damage to the spinal cord. Bone movement is also common after a dislocation fracture happens.
Some spinal fractures caused by car accidents are more severe than others, but all require urgent treatment from a doctor to ensure that they heal properly. If you suffer a spinal fracture in a car accident, seek medical attention immediately.