Spinal Fracture

Health Plus Physical Therapy Center

Physical Therapy center located at 2114 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

At Health Plus, we provide tailored therapy services to address various conditions and injuries. Our goal is to help you regain mobility, alleviate pain, and enhance your well-being. With advanced techniques and compassionate care, we’re here to support your journey to recovery.

Understanding Spinal Fractures:

A spinal fracture refers to a break or crack in one or more of the vertebrae that make up the spine. This injury can result from various traumatic incidents, such as falls, car accidents, or sports-related injuries. Spinal fractures vary in severity, and their impact on an individual’s health depends on factors like the location and type of fracture.

Types of Spinal Fractures:

  1. Compression Fracture: Occurs when a vertebra collapses or is compressed, often associated with conditions like osteoporosis.
  2. Burst Fracture: Involves the entire vertebra breaking into multiple pieces, typically caused by high-energy trauma.
  3. Fracture-Dislocation: Results from the dislocation of vertebrae, often accompanied by damage to the spinal cord.


The symptoms of a spinal fracture can include severe back pain, difficulty walking, loss of sensation or motor function, and in some cases, changes in bowel or bladder function. It’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention if a spinal fracture is suspected.


Healthcare professionals use imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI to accurately diagnose the type and extent of the spinal fracture. A thorough examination is conducted to assess neurological function and determine the best course of treatment.

Treatment Options:

  1. Conservative Measures: Mild fractures may be managed with bracing, pain medication, and rest. This allows the vertebrae to heal naturally over time.
  2. Surgery: For more severe fractures, especially those causing spinal instability or neurological impairment, surgical intervention may be necessary. This can involve stabilizing the spine with hardware, such as rods or screws.


Rehabilitation is a crucial aspect of recovering from a spinal fracture. Physical therapy helps improve mobility, strengthen supporting muscles, and enhance overall functionality. Rehabilitation is tailored to each individual’s specific needs and may continue for an extended period.

Long-Term Management:

Individuals who experience spinal fractures often require ongoing management. This may involve continued monitoring, periodic imaging studies, and lifestyle adjustments to prevent further injury and enhance long-term well-being.

Psychosocial Support:

Dealing with a spinal fracture can be emotionally challenging. Access to psychosocial support, including counseling and support groups, is essential for coping with the psychological impact of the injury.


Preventing spinal fractures involves practicing safety measures, such as using seatbelts in vehicles, wearing appropriate protective gear during sports, and maintaining bone health through a balanced diet and exercise.


Spinal fractures demand prompt and comprehensive medical attention. Timely diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and dedicated rehabilitation contribute to successful recovery and improved quality of life for individuals navigating the challenges of a spinal fracture.

Related Conditions:

Compression Fracture


Spinal Cord Injury

Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc)

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