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New York Lumbosacral Spinal Fracture Injury

A lumbosacral spinal fracture is a break in one or multiple bones of the sacral and lumbar regions of the spinal column. The experienced New York Spinal Injury Attorney staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has found the most common causes of lumbosacral spinal fracture are motor vehicle accident, sports injury, slip and fall, assault and high distance fall such as those that can occur due to a construction accident or other workplace accident (workers compensation).

Lumbosacral spinal fracture is classified two ways: degree of instability and mechanism of injury. Categories of lumbosacral spinal fracture include compression fracture, flexion-rotation injury, burst fracture, transverse process fracture and pathologic fracture. The lumbosacral spinal fracture categories may be defined as unstable or stable. An unstable lumbosacral spinal fracture indicates abnormal movement at the fracture location and may elicit neurologic injury. A stable lumbosacral spinal fracture indicates minimal to no abnormal movement at the fracture location eliciting little to no nerve or spinal cord damage. Lumbosacral spinal fracture may lead to temporary or permanent disability. Although most cases of lumbosacral spinal fracture occur with little to no spinal cord injury.

According to our New York Lumbosacral Spinal Fracture Attorney group, localized lower back pain is a common symptom of lumbosacral spinal fracture, along with:

  • Edema
  • Bruising
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Lower extremity paralysis
  • Loss of bladder function
  • Loss of bowel function

The New York Lumbosacral Spinal Fracture Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC understands several diagnostic tests, such as physical examination, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans), computerized tomography (CT scans) and bone scan, are utilized to assess the extent of spinal injury. Treatment is determined by the extent of instability and presence of neurologic deficiency. Stable lumbosacral spinal fracture typically requires non-operative treatment, such as bed rest, limited activity or custom brace. Upon stabilization of the fracture, rehabilitation and physical therapy may be initiated. Unstable lumbosacral spinal fracture often requires surgical intervention to restore stability and to decompress the spinal cord, followed by extensive bed rest. Surgical procedures may include stabilization, reduction, internal fixation and vertebral fusion. Recovery typically occurs within six to twelve weeks depending on the extent of fracture, injury and treatment process. According to the New York Lumbosacral Spinal Injury Attorney team, rehabilitation often involves the use of heat and cold to reduce pain and muscle discomfort, trunk stabilization, supervised strengthening and stretching exercises and home exercises.

Lumbosacral spinal fracture can elicit life-altering range of motion reduction or paralysis. Extensive treatment and recovery can leave you with substantial medical bills, loss of wages and loss of quality of life. Consulting the New York Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC may be prudent in the successful mitigation of your claim.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a lumbosacral spinal fracture or other spinal injury, contact our New York Spinal Injury Attorney team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss possible legal options. You may reach us online or at 800.696.9529. We have offices located in throughout the New York City area in Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Westchester County or Brooklyn and Nassau County or Suffolk County in Long Island.