In this type of fracture, the vertebrae are forcefully pulled apart, usually as a result of serious force, as, for example, in a car crash or during sports such as horse riding or skiing.
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the seriousness of the injury and whether the bones can be realigned (straightened) using a brace.
Non-operative treatment: you’ll need to wear a brace or cast for around three months to support your back while it heals. You may also be given a programme of exercises to gradually improve strength and flexibility.
Surgery: if you have damaged the ligaments at the back of the spine, you may need to have surgery to repair them and/or stabilise the fracture.
Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.