Predictors of outcome in the non-operative management of thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures.

@article{Hitchon2014PredictorsOO,
  title={Predictors of outcome in the non-operative management of thoracolumbar and lumbar burst fractures.},
  author={Patrick W. Hitchon and Wenzhuan He and Stephen Viljoen and Nader S. Dahdaleh and Rajinder Kumar and Jennifer Noeller and James C. Torner},
  journal={British journal of neurosurgery},
  year={2014},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={653-7}
}
AIM Burst fractures without neurological deficit are often treated successfully without surgery. A subgroup may fail non-operative treatment owing to pain, and opt for surgery. The following review was conducted to identify predictors of success or failure in the non-operative treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures. METHODS A cohort of 60 patients with T11-L4 thoracolumbar burst fractures were treated non-operatively, with bed rest and bracing until the pain abated sufficiently to allow… CONTINUE READING