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Thoracolumbar Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a thoracolumbar fracture?

A thoracolumbar fracture is a break in a thoracic or lumbar vertebrae. The thoracic vertebrae are the 12 bones between your neck and lower back. They are connected to your ribs and help the ribs move when you breathe. The lumbar vertebrae are the 5 bones between your chest and hips. When a vertebra is damaged, the spinal cord may also be damaged.

Vertebral Column

What are the signs and symptoms of a thoracolumbar fracture?

How is a thoracolumbar fracture diagnosed?

How is a thoracolumbar fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on which bones were damaged and the kind of fracture you have.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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