A member asked:

Does the term "broken back" refer to disc herniation, or individual vertebrae being fractured, or both?

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Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Bone: Bone fracture compression, flexion distraction common spine fracture medical broken back is a bone injury or disruption of normal spine alignment i personally don't use broken back to describe disc abnormalities eons exception the chance fracture is mostly a soft tissue flexion distraction injury.

Answered 10/9/2012

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