In the developed, Western societies, injury to the vertebral column is most commonly caused by (1) motor vehicle accidents, (2) industrial accidents, (3) sporting injuries, (4) accidents in the home, and (5) gunshot wounds. The patient with such an injury is usually taken to the emergency room of a general hospital where he is examined by a doctor. The importance of this initial examination must be stressed. Too often the patient is not primarily or correctly assessed physically. As a result, the physician ultimately in charge of the patient has inadequate data and, more significantly, no means of obtaining these retrospectively.


Cervical Spine Spinous Process Motor Vehicle Accident Sensory Loss Cervical Spine Injury 
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  1. Bedbrook G (1976) Injuries of the thoracolumbar spine with neurological symptoms. In: Vinken PJ and Bruyn GW (eds) Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Vol. 25. New Holland Publ. Co., Amster dam, pp 593-660Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Bedbrook
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  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRoyal Perth HospitalAustralia
  2. 2.Royal Perth Rehabilitation HospitalShenton ParkWestern Australia

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