Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures

A spinal fracture is a serious injury in which one or more vertebra in the spinal column collapse, causing the vertebra, which normally has a rectangular shape, to become compressed. It is typically caused by high-impact trauma, such as a car accident or long-distance fall, but can also be caused by osteoporosis in older individuals with weakened bones. The most common spinal fracture occurs in the thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower back) spine or where the thoracic and lumbar connect (thoracolumbar junction).