Speed Bump-Induced Spinal Column Injury

Injuries to the spinal column are common, especially in older adults, however it is rarely associated with only minor trauma, requiring instead an accident or fall from a height. This brief article presents five cases of spinal column injury received by riders in inner city buses after passing onto speed bumps. On presentation, four patients complained of severe pain in the thoracolumbar region, while in the fifth patient, physical examination revealed pain and tenderness on the neck. No neurologic deficit was noted except for one patient with tenderness on thoracic spines. X-ray and CT scan showed compression fractures in four patients; other laboratory data were within normal limits. Posterior instrumentation was applied to three patients. All patients recovered well except for the one with the cervical fracture. The authors conclude that drivers should be strongly warned and educated on the potential hazards of traversing past speed bumps in roads too fast.

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    • Aslan, Sahin
    • Karcioglu, Ozgur
    • Katirci, Yavuz
    • Kandis, Hayati
    • Bilir, Ozlem
    • Ezirmik, Naci
  • Publication Date: 2005-7


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  • Accession Number: 01010557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2005 10:30AM