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  • In these injuries to thoracolumbar spine, the most constant finding is the tearing of interspinous ligament.
  • They may be caused by a heavy object falling on a person in stooping position.
  • Injuries include crush, slice fracture with dislocation and dislocation with locked facets
  • It is common to have spinal cord damage in these injuries.
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  • Treat with bed rest for about 7-10 days.

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