Spine Fracture Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

Spine fractures can have serious consequences, including paralysis, as well as being extremely painful. If you have any type of spine fracture, the skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can help. They have locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, where they provide comprehensive care for patients with fractured vertebrae. For expert treatment of spinal fractures, call the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Spine Fracture Q & A

What is a spine fracture?

A spine fracture is a potentially serious injury in which the bones (vertebrae) making up your spinal column break or shatter.

Symptoms of a spine fracture include:

  • Being unable to move without back or neck pain
  • Digestive upsets
  • Weakness
  • Tingling or "pins-and-needles" sensations
  • Numbness
  • Loss of consciousness

A spinal fracture could affect one or more of your vertebrae and prove to be both extremely painful and disabling.

What are the different types of spine fractures?

Types of spine fractures the team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine see most often include:

Vertebral compression fractures

These fractures can happen if you fall from height and land on your feet but are most often a result of weakened bone from osteoporosis. With a compression fracture, the front of your vertebra breaks, but the back doesn't, creating a wedge shape.

Burst fractures

Burst fractures occur when the front and back of the vertebra break. They can sometimes result in long-term damage and loss of movement.

Flexion fractures

Flexion fractures are those where something pulls the vertebra away from your spinal cord. The most likely cause of a flexion fracture is an auto accident or severe fall.


Transverse fractures occur from bending and making lateral movements. These are often less serious, with the vertebra remaining stable.

There's a significant risk of injury to the spinal cord and nerves when you suffer a spine fracture, which could result in severe back or neck pain and some degree of paralysis.

How is a spine fracture treated?

The treatment necessary for a spinal fracture varies according to the type of fracture you have, what part of your spine is affected, and the kind of damage you incur.

Complex and severe fractures may need surgical repair. However, a minor spine fracture might not require surgery and instead heal well with the use of a back brace.

Physical therapy is typically a vital part of your recovery from a spine fracture and could take several months or more. Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine has state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities on-site. You might also require anti-inflammatory medication and other noninvasive therapies.

If you have a vertebral compression fracture, the team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can use minimally invasive vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty techniques.

How do vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty repair spine fractures?

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty both involve filling the damaged vertebrae with special bone cement. However, with kyphoplasty, your provider first inflates a medical balloon inside the fractured vertebra to restore a more normal height.

If you have symptoms that could be due to a spinal fracture, you can get a fast diagnosis and expert treatment at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine. Call one of their offices today or book an appointment online.