Module 6: Spinal Trauma and Fractures

Introductory Video by Module Editor Professor Max Aebi MD

About this module

This Module is sub-divided into trauma of the upper, middle/lower cervical spine, the thoracolumbar spine and the sacrum. Classical spinal trauma is extensively dealt with in terms of injury mechanism, classification concepts, clinical presentation and applied imaging techniques. Indication criteria for non-surgical and surgical treatment modalities are discussed widely together with the expected outcome.

There is a specific section dealing with fragility fractures in the elderly (osteoporosis), their identification, diagnostic work up, risk factors and the augmentation procedures available in the case of persistent pain, progressive deformity or instability. 

At the other end of the age curve, the Module does also focus on the specificity of paediatric and growing spine injuries, their diagnostic workup, their natural history and treatment options.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the epidemiology presentation and basic spine anatomy
  • Request approapriate imaging investigation
  • Correctly identify and classify the injury
  • Suggest an appropriate management strategy

Module Structure

This Module consists of 19 online lectures, a Module Examination and a face to face Module Tutorial 


Specific Target Group

  1. Spine Fellows* - In Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services or independent spine services
  2. Practising spine surgeons - Independent or in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for a potential recertification
  3. Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical residents - Who want to expand their general knowledge
  4. Non-surgical spine specialists - Interested in expanding their spine knowledge
*Spine Fellow - An orthopaedic or neurological trainee at the end of their residency who intends to specialise in spine surgery and to practice as a specialist spine surgeon.

Additional information

 CME Credits: 57 CME credits available
 Main Subject: Trauma of spine
 Duration: The Module is available for 4 months from attending the first Lecture
 Tuition Language: Online content is in English, Tutorials can be presented in English or the local language
 Fees: Fees advised when enrolment opens
 Ref.ID: 6_aebi

Prerequisites:

Enrolment on the Post-graduate Spine Surgery Education Programme

Mode of Examination:

Each Lecture has a final, multiple choice question (MCQ) online Examination.  

At the completion of all the Module Lectures, a MCQ Module Examination is taken online, during attendance at a Module Tutorial. 

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International Editorial Board

[1] , Editor, Author, Max Aebi, MD, DHC, FRCSC
Editor, Author
das Rückenzentrum Salem-Spital Hirslanden, Bern,
[29] , Editor, Author, Richard Assaker, MD, PhD
Editor, Author
CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille
[32] , Editor, Author, Pedro Berjano, MD, PhD
Editor
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale II, Milan,
[34] , Editor, Author, Norbert Boos, MD
Editor, Author
Prodorso Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenmedizin, Zürich,
[98] , Editor, Bronek Boszczyk, MD
Editor
Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham,
[76] , Editor, Author, Marco Brayda-Bruno, MD
Editor
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale III - Scoliosi, Milan,
[65] , Editor, Daniel Chopin, MD
Editor
CHRU Lille, Hôpital Salengro, Lille,
[97] , Editor, Author, Marcin Czyz, MD
Editor
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
[35] , Editor, Author, Mazda Farshad, MD
Assistant Editor
Uniklinik Balgrist, Zurich,
[27] , Editor, Author, Claudio Lamartina, MD
Editor
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Chirurgia Vertebrale II, Milan,
[161] , Editor, Author, Frank J. Schwab, MD
Editor
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York,
[19] , Editor, Author, Alberto Zerbi, MD
Editor, Author
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, Milan,
[31] , Editor, Ahmed Bilal Khalique, MD
Assistant Editor
Department of Orthopaedics, Foundation University Medical College/Fauji Foundation Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
[133] , Editor, Author, Carlotta Martini, MD, PhD
Assistant Editor
IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, GSpine4, Milan, Italy
[168] , Editor, Dino Samartzis, MD
Editor
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

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