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Posted by Siler & Ingber, LLP on 10/03/2017

What Types of Fractures Can Occur in the Spine?

What Types of Fractures Can Occur in the Spine?

The spine is composed of many bones and vertebrae. They serve to protect the spinal cord, and give shape to the back and neck. The spinal vertebrae connect to the muscles of the back and abdomen, permitting movement. However, they are also vulnerable to several types of fractures that often occur as a result of car accidents. 

As you might guess, fractures in the spine can be serious injuries that you might deal with for the rest of your life. Some of the types of fractures that can occur in the spine include the following.

Axial Burst Fracture

In an axial burst fracture, the injured bone is crushed and loses height at the back and the front of the vertebra.


This injury involves both the bone and the soft tissue surrounding it. In this injury, a vertebra moves away from the vertebrae above and below it, causing a dislocation.

Compression Fracture

A compression fracture occurs when the front of a vertebra breaks, losing height, but the back does not.

Transverse Process Fracture

This fracture occurs due to an extreme sideways bend or a traumatic rotation of the spinal column.

Flexion/Distraction (Chance) Fracture

In this injury, the extreme forces at play in a car crash or other accident rip the vertebrae violently apart. This kind of injury often occurs in, for example, a head-on collision, in which the upper body might be thrown forward while the lower body is held firmly in place by a lap seat belt. This kind of injury is the reason why shoulder belts are now standard in car seats.

Contact an Experienced Spine Injury Lawyer

If you’ve suffered a spinal fracture or other injury as a result of an auto accident, contact a personal injury attorney now to find out whether you’re entitled to compensation. 

Siler & Ingber, LLP can assess the details of your spine injury case and push for all the compensation you’re entitled to. Give our firm a call at 1-877-LAW-4343 or visit our website to get started.

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