Unstable Injuries of the Lower Cervical Spine

  • J. Kiwerski


In the years 1965–1983, 856 patients with spinal injuries in the C5–Th1 segment were treated in the early posttraumatic period at the Rehabilitation Clinic at Konstancin. 454 of these patients (53%) had unstable injuries. Table 1 presents the level of injury and mechanism of spinal injury. In the analyzed material the isolated fractures of the vertebrae were mainly of a compression form (84%), while the injury to the intervertebral space was mainly through a flexion mechanism (78%). Unstable injuries most frequently involved the C6–C7 intervertebral space.


Spinal Cord Injury Cervical Spine Neurological Improvement Intervertebral Space Lower Cervical Spine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kiwerski
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  1. 1.Konstancin K/WarszawyPoland

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