Is there a need for lumbar orthosis in mild compression fractures of the thoracolumbar spine? A retrospective study comparing the radiographic results between early ambulation with and without lumbar orthosis

N. Ohana, D. Sheinis, E. Rath, A. Sasson, D. Atar

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Abstract

Compression fractures of the thoracolumbar spine are common in spinal trauma. Most patients are treated with early ambulation. Bracing is an option not always recommended by the treating team. There are no definite recommendations so far regarding the need for lumbar orthosis in this type of injury. The authors retrospectively compared two methods for treating patients with compression as great as 30%: early ambulation with and without lumbar orthosis. The results show that although demographic variables, type of injury, and cause of injury were similar between the groups, neither treatment emerged as superior. Thoracolumbar fractures with compression as much as 30% can be treated with early ambulation and no external support. Close clinical and radiographic follow-up is essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Spinal Disorders
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compression fracture
  • Early ambulation
  • Segmental kyphosis
  • Thoracolumbar orthosis
  • Thoracolumbar spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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