Functional outcomes after surgery for spinal fractures: return to work and activity.
The literature regarding surgical treatment's impact on patient function after spinal fracture is sparse. Some authors have speculated that operative injury--the dissection of paraspinous muscle tissue, damage to spinal motion segments, implantation of spinal devices--may impair functional recovery in spine trauma patients. Nonoperative care has produced satisfactory results in some hands, but results are difficult to reproduce, treatment is resource-intensive, and functional outcomes are poorly documented. This study reports return to work and functional recovery in a 5-year follow-up of severely injured patients treated with segmental spinal instrumentation.
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