Thoracolumbar Injury Severity Scoring Systems: A Review and Rationale for a New System Based on the AOSpine Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System
- *Corresponding Author:
- John D Koerner
Thomas Jefferson University
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: October 25, 2014; Accepted date: February 25, 2015; Published date: February 27, 2015
Citation: Rubenstein R, Koerner JD, Oh D, Kepler C, Kandziora F, et al. (2015) Thoracolumbar Injury Severity Scoring Systems: A Review and Rationale for a New System Based on the AOSpine Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 3:257. doi:10.4172/2329-9096.1000257
Copyright: © 2015 Rubenstein R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Numerous classification systems have been developed over the years to describe thoracolumbar injuries, each with their own benefits and limitations. None of these systems have been accepted however, as a universal, comprehensive system to classify these injuries. The AOSpine Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System has recently been developed in order to overcome some of the limitations of previous systems. An injury severity scoring system based on this system would be beneficial to clinicians when treating these complex injuries. This paper will review thoracolumbar injury classification systems, and describe the need for a new severity scoring system based on the AOSpine Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System.