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This website focuses on spinal injuries from trauma. The content is selective and only highlights some aspects about spinal trauma. A broken neck is when one or more of the cervical (neck) vertebrae are broken or fractured. There are seven vertebrae in the neck. A broken back is when one ore more of the lumber or thoracic (back) vertebrae are broken or fractured. There are twelve thoracic vertebrae and five lumber vertebrae in the back. Vertebrae can be broken or fractured from trauma when too much pressure or weight is forced upon the vertebrae. It takes extreme or unnatural pressure to fracture or break a vertebrae. You can run, jump, lift heavy objects and fall without fracturing or breaking a vertebrae. The human body can withstand a lot of stress before a vertebrae or any other bone bends or breaks. Vertebrae can be broken in sports like: football or rugby, being hit by a hockey stick, martial arts and fighting, falling from a race horse, skydiving, mountain-climbing, skating, bike riding, rodeo events, stunt riding, motor cycle or motor car racing. Other common causes are: Falling down stairs or off a ladder, falling from a tree, or a roof, falling awkwardly from a height, being hit by a hard object or from motor vehicle accidents.
Other factors to consider which affect injury are a persons body proportions and body weight, muscle strength and fitness, the health of the bones or bone mineral density. Symptoms from an injury will vary from one person to the next. Generalising too much or trying to simplify a broken neck or vertebrae injury can result in misdiagnosis. Someone who is fit and active and healthy may be more resilient to an injury and might make a better recovery. Inactivity and poor diet can lead to weaker bone strength. The vertebrae supports the body, accommodates flexibility and movement and protects the spinal cord. A broken vertebrae does not mean being paralysed. If the spinal cord is compressed or damaged then paralysis can occur. There are many different scenarios which can result in spinal cord damage and paralysis, too many to examine. MORE >
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