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Transverse Process Fracture

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Risk Factors

Certain factors may increase your risk of fractures including:
Activities or accidents most often associated with transverse process fractures include:
  • Falls from heights, such as a ladder, bike, or horse
  • Playing certain sports that involve sudden twists and turns, or extreme contact especially without proper protective gear
  • Car or motorcycle accidents especially without use of seatbelt
  • Severe and sudden twisting or bending
  • Severe blows to the back and spine
  • Violence, such as a gunshot


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke



Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Spinal Cord Injury Canada



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