Spinal Trauma Fixations

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Spinal Trauma Fixations

Fast facts on Spinal Trauma Fixations:
  • Spinal trauma means injury to the spinal column making it inadequate to support normal loading.
  • Can also be associated with spinal cord injury causing paralysis.
  • Treatment is by fixing the spine with rods and screws and removing compression on the spinal cord.
  • After spinal fixation, patients can resume normal load-bearing and slowly get back to normal function.
What is Spinal Trauma ?

Spinal injuries can be caused by both internal and external factors. Concussive or compressive and concussive injuries to the spinal cord can be categorised. Excess oxygen free radicles, neurotransmitter and electrolyte alterations in cell membrane permeability, excitotoxic amino acids, and various other biochemical factors all contribute to reduced SCBF, ischemia, and eventual necrosis of the grey and white matter of the spinal cord.

A high-dose steroid routine is used to treat acute spinal cord injuries within the first 8 hours after trauma. At approved concentrations, sodium prednisolone and methylprednisolone operate as oxygen radical scavengers and anti-inflammatory agents.

Spine Decompression Surgery

A 25-year-old male with L1 burst fracture after a fall from height. No neurology. Was operated on with T12-L2 fixation. Back to walking the next day

Spine Decompression Surgery

A 40-year-old male with C3-4 traumatic slip with partial paralysis after falling from height. Urgently operated after traction reduction and fixed from front and back. Complete recovery of muscle strength and back to normal life after 12 weeks of rehabilitation