A spinal fracture is a break and/or dislocation of a vertebra in your spine. Some fractures are the result of a traumatic injury, such as a traffic accident, gunshot round or fall, and require emergency treatment. Other fractures are the result of weakened bones caused by osteoporosis.
A spinal fracture is different than a broken arm or leg, as it can cause bone fragments to pinch or damage nerves or the spinal cord.
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