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What is a Fracture of the Thoracic Spine?

Description of the disease:

A fracture of the thoracic spine is an injury that disrupts the integrity of the thoracic vertebrae. This is a very serious condition that may require immediate medical attention.


  • Stable fracture
  • Unstable fracture
  • Displaced fracture


  • Sharp pain in the area of the injury
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Feeling of stiffness in movement


A fracture of the thoracic spine can occur as a result of car accidents, falls from height, sports injuries, and other traumatic situations.


Diagnostic methods include X-rays, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.


Treatment of a fracture of the thoracic spine may include wearing a brace, medication therapy, physical rehabilitation, and sometimes surgical intervention.


  • Adherence to safety rules when practicing sports
  • Use of seat belts in the car
  • Carefulness when working at heights


Treatment of a fracture of the thoracic spine is carried out by a neurosurgeon or a trauma orthopedic surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.