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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.   
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