The most common cause of spinal fractures and dislocations in India is road traffic accidents followed by fall from height (usually a fall from tree). Spinal fractures can damage the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis. This paralysis can be permanent, and have devastating consequences on the patient and his family.
Patients with spinal fracture but no paralysis may be given a collar or a trunk brace if required.For neck injuries, we sometimes use a Halo Vest (Halo is a metallic ring around the skull which is connected to a thermoplastic vest with metallic uprights to give external support to the neck spinal bones).We do not use bed rest to treat spinal fractures. Rather, we make these patients walk as soon as possible (as tolerated within the limits of pain) with or without a brace.