Severity of Spinal Fracture
Dr. Justin Sporrer, Neurosurgeon at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, says a spinal fracture can really occur at any of the sections of the spine, the most common ones are vertebral body fractures. The vertebral body is the bulky part of the spine that takes all of the forces of our daily life.
He explains you can have spinal fractures that range from very minor, that would be a fracture of the transverse processes and those do not even require any treatment, except for some pain medications. "But the spinal fractures can range up to some very serious fractures where the spine actually separates in half, those are usually involved with traumatic injuries, car accidents, motorcycle accidents or severe falls," he points out.