The term “fracture” refers to a break in any bone in the body. Auto accident victims commonly suffer fractures in their arms and legs, but some of the more severe types of fractures caused by auto accidents are in the back (spinal vertebrae). Fractured vertebrae are unfortunately quite common for victims of serious auto accidents. Vertebrae are extremely important because they protect the spinal cord, which is one of the primary centers of all the body’s functions. The spine also provides shape and support for a person’s body.
The spine has three main sections: the cervical spine (neck area), the thoracic spine (middle of the back) and the lumbar spine (lower back). The six main types of spinal fractures (and fractures in some other parts of the body) related to auto accidents are:
Treatment options for spinal fractures include:
In addition to the spine, these types of fractures and others can occur in other parts of the body, such as the arms and legs. If you are suffering from fracture(s) after an auto accident, you could be facing large medical bills, time off work, limited mobility, and pain and suffering.
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