Fracture of Thoracic and Lumbar Spine

A thoracic or lumbar fracture of the spine is a serious condition.

There are twelve vertebrae (blocks of bone) in the thoracic (chest) region at the back. They form attachment for the ribs of the chest.

The lumbar spine is made up of 5 vertebrae in the lower back that supports the body's weight.

Types of Spinal Fractures

Fractures are categorised according to the patterns seen on imaging. These can help decide what treatment you will need.

Some of the types of fractures in the thoracic and lumbar region include:

  • compression fracture
  • axial burst fracture
  • chance (extension) fracture
  • transverse process fracture
  • fracture dislocation


24 September, 2012