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Who gets fractured back? What breaks exactly?

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Dr. Fernando Techy
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Anyone. The spine.

Anyone can get a fractured back.
Your spine has 24 vertebrae ( 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar) plus the sacrum. A fracture in any of these bones is considered a fracture in the spine/back. In young healthy people it takes a very high energy trauma, like a car accident, to break the spine. In people with osteoporosis or tumors in the bone, the spine can break with minimal or no trauma.

In brief: Anyone. The spine.

Anyone can get a fractured back.
Your spine has 24 vertebrae ( 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar) plus the sacrum. A fracture in any of these bones is considered a fracture in the spine/back. In young healthy people it takes a very high energy trauma, like a car accident, to break the spine. In people with osteoporosis or tumors in the bone, the spine can break with minimal or no trauma.
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