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Compression Fracture - Spine Injuries

hi I'm Tim Williams I'm the lead trial

attorney here at the firm in this video

segment I'd like to talk about

compression fractures of the spine you

know it's not unusual in our firm to

handle cases where people have suffered

compression fractures in their spine

generally speaking it's a lower spine or

the lumbar spine that's involved and

more often than not as someone who has

either osteopenia or osteoporosis either

condition just means there's a loss of

bone density so to understand what it

means to have a compression fracture of

the spine let's turn to the model here

we have an anatomical model the spine

the head would be up here here's a tail

bone down here you know the neck the

mid-back on the low back and again most

of the fractures we see are involving

the low back primarily because their

bigger bone structures and also you have

all the weight of all the levels above

sitting on those structures so there's

additional weight that's applied to them

as compared to say the neck where she's

holding the head up so if we if we focus

in then on the lumbar spine you can see

there's these nice thick pieces of bone

these are called vertebral bodies

between each bone if you want to add

some layers you're gonna see there's the

nerves and then here's some discs so

that's what it looks like I'll put

together just in terms of the deep

structure you know the discs in between

the bones and the discs are supposed to

act as shock absorbers and so that way

it's not bone on bone and and there's

not a lot of drawing going on however

when the bones become less dense it

becomes an issue particularly where

sudden force is applied so what we'll do

is we are going to look at this video

here and let's do that

let's sit with a low back because that's

what we see the most most often so again

here's your lumbar spine there's the

disc we've added to it here's your your

hips down here and if you if you look

inside now this is gonna this is gonna

straight what happens when someone has

osteo piña or osteoporosis again a loss

of bone density because that's more

often than not that's what we see the

fractures occurring so a person here has

this latticework of bone it becomes less

dense usually as we age and then you can

have some site fracturing in there those

are called osteoporotic compression for

invest gently when the bone is dent less

dense as we saw and in sudden force is

applied so someone falls down a set of

stairs or the hair from behind in a car

you have a set of force applied to that

vertebral body and then because the

latticework is so much weaker than a

person who's younger with healthy bones

it's prone to cracking that's got less

what we call compression fracture and

from the outset so that's what it looks

like on the microscopic level if we back

up quite a bit here we can see this

person is standing up straight and then

suddenly they have force applied from

the back so let's say they're hit from

behind is adding pressure to the front

side of this these vertebral bodies but

because the bone lattice is so much

weaker with someone with osteoporosis or

osteopenia it crushes that so if you

think of a styrofoam packaging like a

peanut packaging and you crush that

that's a similar to what happens here at

the bone except unlike styrofoam

packaging the bone doesn't bounce back

into shape is once it's crush is crushed

for good it doesn't do anything to

bounce back you can't really get it to

get it to expand again because you

crushed shows that that lattice work and

there's nothing there to force that back

out there's really no rebound to that so

then you have then a permanently altered

vertebral body you can see now there's

space down below that's gonna what says

what that's gonna do is going to pull up

on that outer layer of disk it's gonna

create pain it's gonna create greater

likelihood of disk damage down the line

including just simple everyday

activities such as bending over to pick

up your dog bending over to pick up a

paper if you have this going on it's

more likely to then herniate that disk

at that level so there's a lot of nasty

stuff that they can result not just from

the fracture itself but from what can

happen afterwards so that's essentially

it now that the treatment options are

still evolving as time goes on right now

the best treatment option we've seen

apart from leaving a loner hoping the

pain goes goes away is that if the bones

are weak enough the doctors can some

time go in there and inject for lack of

better words glue or cement that

actually is injected into the bone

itself and solidifies and gives that

bone a rigid structure so it's not going

to compress it

fracture even more than I already has so

that is a long and short of compression

fractures again more often than not we

see these in elderly clients or people

with congenital Autopia osteoporosis and

it's no joy but thankfully in most cases

it's not terribly life-altering it can

be but for the most part non-surgical

intervention is the key if you've been

injured I need help

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