The treatment of thoraco-lumbar fractures up to day is controversial. Disagreement continues to exist about the basic principles concerning the indication to surgery, the type of approach and the surgical timing. Nevertheless the indication to surgery should be addressed by an accurate setting of spinal anatomy, biomechanics and clinical study of the patient. The majority of thoraco-lumbar fractures without neurological problems may be treated non operatively. On the other hand an unstable spinal injury, especially in the presence of neurological deficit, must be operated in order to achieve an early functional return to society, to improve a speed neurological recovery and to stabilize the spine for early rehabilitation.
|Translated title of the contribution||The thoraco-lumbar "burst fractures"|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health