Transverse Process Fracture
Older adults are at higher risk. Things that may increase the chance of a spinous process fracture are:
- Having health problems that weaken bones, such as osteoporosis
- Low muscle mass
- Playing sports that involve sudden twists and turns or extreme contact
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Being around violence
Treatment will depend on how severe the injury is. It may take up to six weeks to heal.
The spine will need to be supported as it heals. A back brace can help keep a minor fracture in place while it heals.
People with a severe fracture may need surgery. Screws, rods, wires, or cages will be used to reconnect bone pieces and hold them in place.
Rehabilitation may be needed. It will include exercises to keep muscles strong and help with range of motion.
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