Management Criteria for Thoracic, Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Fractures
Classification of the vertebral fractures to encourage optimal treatment protocol has long been interest of the spine surgeons. In the past, although many morphology-based or mechanistic classification systems have been proposed, none of them has lasting influence on daily practice. In the last two decades, the spine community focused on developing a classification system incorporating morphology, mechanism, and clinical factors relevant for surgical decision. However, even in the current classification systems, treatment protocols always have a gray zone which allows the surgeon to make his own decision.
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