April 2004 AAOS Report

Managing Thoracolumbar Fractures, distinguishing treatment options

In orthopaedic trauma care, it is critical to recognize and manage thoracolumbar fractures quickly and properly. Several questions arise, including: Should you operate? What levels should you fuse? Is an anterior or posterior approach more appropriate? Often, the answers are ambiguous. This new monograph clarifies the issues .

"Management of Thoracolumbar Fractures," edited by Charles A. Reitman, MD, summarizes recent developments in this evolving area of spine surgery to help you understand the mechanisms of these injuries and proceed with suitable care. The monograph provides a strong foundation for evaluating and treating these fractures, including anatomy and imaging guidelines. Chapters review alternate surgical and non-surgical treatment options and the best approaches to use for gunshot wounds and osteoporotic compression fractures.

The book is available for $45, $35 for AAOS members and residents. To order your copy, call (800) 626-6726.

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