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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
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://orthoinfo.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
http://www.canorth.org

Spinal Cord Injury Canada
http://sci-can.ca

 

References


Fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00368. Updated February 2010. Accessed November 6, 2013.


Krueger MA, Green DA, et al. Overlooked spine injuries associated with lumbar transverse process fractures. Clin Orthop Related Res. 1996;327:191-195.


Seo MR, Park SY, et al. Spinous process fractures in osteoporotic thoracolumbar vertebral fractures. Br J Radiol. 2011;84(1007):1046-1049.


Spinal cord injury-acute management. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated January 23, 2013. Accessed November 6, 2013.


Transverse process fracture. Sports Injury Clinic website. Available at: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/low-back-pain/transverse-process-fracture. Accessed November 6, 2013.

 

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