According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), spinal fractures occur when the bony block in the spine collapses. This fracture can occur anywhere along the spine and may cause significant pain and consequences to victims.
If you were injured in a car accident or otherwise have been diagnosed with a spinal fracture, our Jonesboro spinal fracture chiropractor Dr. Barbara Dominguez can help. She established Dominguez Chiropractic in 2003 as a premier chiropractic clinic and has since expanded to four more clinics with locations in Gainesville, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Doraville, and Decatur.
All of our clinics focus on providing the best medical care to our patients to improve their quality of life. Contact our Jonesboro one-stop auto injury center at (404) 800-3000.
We Have Seen Spinal Fractures Caused By Many Types of Accidents
Penn Medicine states that “most spinal fractures are caused by injury or trauma from car accidents” and other incidents. Common types of accidents that can result in spinal fractures include:
- Bike accidents
- Bus accidents
- DUI accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- MARTA accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Truck accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
Other causes of spinal fractures include sports injuries, work injuries, falls, and violent attacks. Spinal fractures can also result because of the natural aging process or osteoporosis due to bones becoming weaker and more susceptible to breaking.
Types of Spinal Fractures Which You May Suffer From
Spinal fractures can range from mild muscle or ligament strains to injuries that result in damage to the spinal cord. Penn Medicine states that there are several different types of spinal fractures, including:
- Axial burst fracture: This type of fracture shortens vertebra because of a fall or vertical impact.
- Chance fracture: This type of injury is caused when a vertebrae is pulled apart, such as during a forward flexed injury, often during a car accident.
- Compression fracture: This type of fracture is usually the result of an underlying medical condition, such as osteoporosis or a tumor. It can also be caused by a spinal abnormality. In these injuries, the front of the vertebra sustains a fracture and deteriorates while the back of the vertebra stays stable.
For any type of spinal fracture you are facing, our Jonesboro spinal fracture chiropractor can help.
Symptoms of Spinal Fractures Which You May Experience
Patients may experience a variety of symptoms from spinal fractures, depending on the location of the injury and its severity. Penn Medicine reports that patients may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- A sudden onset of back pain
- Greater pain intensity when standing, walking, or moving
- Pain in the neck
- Limited ability to move the spine
- Tingling or numbness
- Uncontrolled muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder control or incontinence
- Weakness or paralysis of the legs and arms
In some patients, a spinal fracture causes eventual height loss, deformity, or disability. Prompt treatment of spinal fractures can help minimize the pain. Call (404) 800-3000 to speak to a Dominguez Chiropractic team member about how we can help you.
We Can Treat Spinal Fractures
The treatment of spinal fractures depends on the type of fracture, the person’s overall health and medical history, and the severity of the fracture. The first thing that is often recommended if a spinal fracture is suspected is to stabilize the patient, such as by using a backboard or stretcher. This can help prevent the patient from moving and suffering additional injuries. The patient should be brought in for medical care and for a formal diagnosis.
Spinal fractures are usually evident from imaging tests, such as X-rays, a spine CT, or an MRI scan. Your doctor can tell you which tests are recommended. Minor fractures and tears may be treated with rest and medication. However, surgery may be required in some situations if the bones need to be realigned or if the fracture is unstable. I
If a spinal fracture is not treated promptly, it can lead to permanent injury, nerve damage, and even paralysis, so it is critical that you safeguard your health and seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.
Additional medical treatment for spinal fractures include:
- Physical rehabilitation
- Chiropractic care
It is important during follow-up care to implement a long term rehabilitation therapy plan. Dr. Barbara Dominguez personally meets with patients during their treatment and helps develop a treatment plan that is targeted to their particular situation. She coordinates care with our staff of chiropractors and on-staff medical doctors who can provide any necessary medical evaluations and prescribe medication.
At Dominguez Chiropractic, you can meet with your doctor on the same day so that you can immediately begin your treatment plan. Our goal is to treat your injuries, relieve your pain, and improve the quality of your life after you suffer from a spinal fracture caused by a car accident or other incident.
What to Expect When You Work with Dominguez Chiropractic
In addition to the comprehensive chiropractic care that you can receive with Dominguez Chiropractic, we can also help you with your accident claim. As a chiropractor, Dr. Barbara Dominguez realizes that many spinal fractures are caused by car accidents, so she has made our practice a full-service clinic to assist you with your accident claim. We offer the following services:
- Coordinating towing, transportation, and vehicle repairs
- Managing auto insurance claims
- Referring you to the right personal injury lawyer, if necessary
Dr. Barbara Dominguez is bilingual and can speak to patients in English and Spanish. She is recognized as a community leader in the realms of health and wellness and has appeared on multiple television and radio stations.
Contact Dominguez Chiropractic to Get Started
If you were injured in an accident and suspect that you may be suffering from a spinal fracture, make your first call to Dominguez Chiropractor at (404) 800-3000. Our Jonesboro spinal fracture chiropractor can treat you.
We can optimize your care and help you manage your claim if you contact us before beginning the insurance or legal process. We are here to help you in every way possible after an accident. Our team wants you to recover as fully and quickly as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help.