Fractures of the thoracic spine can occur whenever the spinal column is subjected to forces that exceed its strength and stability. Common causes of thoracic spinal fractures include falling from a height, motor vehicle accidents, violent weather, military and civilian blast injury, and penetrating trauma. Less common injury patterns may be related to athletic accidents. After traumatic aortic rupture, spinal cord injuries represent the most serious long-term morbidities resulting from thoracic trauma.
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