Thoracolumbar trauma

Mark F. Kurd, Jonathan D. Krystal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Thoracolumbar fractures are the most frequent traumatic injuries to the spinal column. The incidence of high-energy traumatic thoracolumbar injuries in the United States is estimated to be approximately 15,000 per year, with an additional 700,000 osteoporotic fractures occurring annually. These injuries can have potentially devastating consequences, including neurologic injury, chronic pain, and varying degrees of disability. The goals of treatment are to provide stability and preserve function. It is important to review the controversies and recommendations regarding the screening and management of these injuries, including surgical and nonsurgical treatment and various surgical strategies such as minimally invasive techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrthopaedic Knowledge Update 12
PublisherWolters Kluwer Health
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781975123949
ISBN (Print)9781975123895
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Burst fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spine trauma
  • Thoracolumbar injury classification and severity score
  • Thoracolumbar trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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