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ADULT SPINE DISORDERS. Objectives. Discuss the anatomy of the spine in relation to fractures or degenerative disease. Identify common nursing goals in care of the adult spine patient. Describe typical nursing concerns for a post-op spine patient. Anatomy. Bony = Vertebrae

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objectives
Objectives
  • Discuss the anatomy of the spine in relation to fractures or degenerative disease.
  • Identify common nursing goals in care of the adult spine patient.
  • Describe typical nursing concerns for a post-op spine patient.
anatomy
Anatomy
  • Bony = Vertebrae
  • Soft tissue = Discs, ligament
  • Cord & Nerve Roots
definitions
Definitions

Cervical (7)

Thoracic (12)

Lumbar (5)

Sacral (5)-fused

definitions con t
Definitions con’t
  • Normal Curve-”S shaped” looking from lateral view
  • Scoliosis – abnormal lateral curve with rotation of vertebrae as well
  • Kyphosis- anterior curvature of thoracic spine
  • Radicular- referred pain from pressure on spinal nerve root
spine fracture
Spine Fracture
  • Etiology:
    • Trauma vs non traumatic
      • Elderly – Tumors, metabolic, renal, thyroid
    • Stable vs unstable
    • Neurologic status
3 column theory
3 Column Theory
  • Any 2 = unstable

Posterior third

Middle Third

Anterior Third

Anterior

fractured c spine examples
Fractured C-Spine Examples
  • Odontoid
  • Hangman’s
  • Tear drop
  • Jefferson’s
odontoid
Odontoid
  • Type I
  • Type II
    • Most difficult to heal-shown
  • Type III
hangman s
Hangman’s
  • Hyperextension and distraction
    • Injury occurs in anterior portion of C2 vertebrae
    • Piths spinal cord
tear drop
Tear Drop
  • Hyperflexion
  • Anterior Ligament pulls off corner of anterior vertebrae
  • UNSTABLE
jefferson s fracture
Jefferson’s Fracture
  • Burst fracture of C1, disrupting the ring of the atlas
  • Spinal canal is widened
  • 50% - NO neuro deficits
  • Occasionally requires fusion of occiput to C1
complications
Complications
  • Atlanto-occipital dislocation
  • Neurologic damage
    • Permanent or temporary below level of bony injury
  • Death
diagnostic studies needed
Diagnostic Studies Needed
  • X-ray 2 planes
    • AP & x table lateral
    • May need swimmer’s view for ? Otontoid fx
  • Flexion Extension
  • C-spine Ligamentous injury
  • Spasm 10-14 days
diagnostic studies needed con t
Diagnostic Studies Needed con’t
  • CT scan
  • MRI if nerve injury suspected
therapeutic modalities
Therapeutic Modalities
  • Log roll
  • Specialty beds
  • Braces
  • Surgery
surgical spinal fixation
Surgical Spinal Fixation
  • Halo
  • Posterior Spinal fusion
    • Rods, Hooks, Screws
  • Anterior Spinal fusion
    • Plates, Cage
nursing interventions
Nursing Interventions
  • Neurologic Status Documentation
  • Sensation level
  • Motor function
  • Spasm
  • Nursing / Body Mechanics
  • Communication of findings key!!
neurologic status documentation
Neurologic Status Documentation

Sensation Levels

  • Sensation levels
  • Shoulder = C-5
  • Nipple T-4
  • Umbilicus T-10
  • Great toe L-4
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Neurologic Status Documentation

Motor Function

  • Motor Function
  • EHL toe extension L4-5
  • Tighten Anus S 3-5
  • Thumb pointing up, index finger straight ahead C-6-8
nursing considerations
Nursing Considerations
  • Cast Syndrome
    • Potentially life threatening syndrome caused by hyperextension of lumbar spine that results in compression of the superior mesenteric artery-bowel ischemia
  • Brace use / skin care / pin care
  • Activity / Bowels / Nutrition
nursing considerations1
Nursing Considerations
  • Home Care Instructions
  • Neurovascular symptoms to report
  • Brace use
  • Surgical care
question 1
Question #1

Joshua, 19, was involved in a motor vehicle crash, unbelted. He reportedly has an L-2 burst fracture. As his nurse, you would:

A. Have him use the trapeze to lift himself in bed.

B. Log roll him side to side as a unit.

C. Have him sit first then dangle his legs to prevent dizziness.

D. Boost him with help lifting under his armpits.

answer 1
Answer #1

Joshua, 19, was involved in a motor vehicle crash, unbelted. He reportedly has an L-2 burst fracture. You will :

b. Log roll him side to side as a unit.

Rationale: Log rolling a spine patient is essential to prevent further neurological impairment

question 2
Question #2

Joshua is taken emergently to the OR for decompression and posterior spinal fusion. His post-op orders call for a TLSO. Which of the following instructions about TLSO care is correct?

a. Red and purple marks on skin under brace are normal.

b. It is acceptable to wear it loose.

c. Take it off when ever you are standing upright.

d. Report any vomiting or abdominal pain immediately.

answer 2
Answer #2

Joshua is taken emergently to the OR for decompression and Posterior spinal fusion. His post-op orders call for a TLSO. Which of the following statements are true?

D. Report any vomiting or abdominal pain immediately.

Rationale: Vomiting or abdominal pain might indicate compression against the abdominal cavity, causing vomiting and abdominal pain.

spondylolysis spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Define:
  • Spondylo = vertebrae
  • Lysis = broken
  • Listhesis = slipped forward
spondylolysis spondylolisthesis1
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • M = F Teens or Elderly
  • Genetics, stress, degenerative
  • Gymnasts, football lineman, weight lifters
  • Elderly OA of facets > loose joints, repetitive stress on vertebrae
spondylolysis spondylolisthesis2
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic or acute LBP
  • Often radicular in nature
  • Exam
    • Spasms + SLR
    • Tight hamstrings
spondylolysis spondylolisthesis3
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • Treatment- Conservative
  • Rest 3 days maximum!! /Back Brace
  • Analgesics / Antispasmodics / ice or heat
  • Physical therapy / Back School (Education)
  • Avoid painful activities
spondylolysis spondylolisthesis4
Spondylolysis / Spondylolisthesis
  • PSF with or without instrumentation
  • ASF for severe slips or failed PSF
question 3
Question #3

The surgeon has chosen to fix a spine with pedicle screws and posterior spinal fusion. During a post-op nursing assessment, which one of the following would be urgently reported to the surgeon?

a. Absent or sluggish bowel sounds.

b. Pain and spasm in lower mid back.

c. Inability to feel side of left thigh or move left leg.

d. Burning on urination.

answer 3
Answer #3

The surgeon has chosen to fix a spine with pedicle screws and posterior spinal fusion. During pre-op nursing assessment you note this (these) urgently reportable changes related to fracture site.

C. Inability to feel side of left thigh or move left leg

Rationale: This would be indicative of neurological impairment and are essential to be reported immediately. The other problems are expected and/or not emergent.

herniated nucleus pulposa
Herniated Nucleus Pulposa
  • M > F 20-45yrs
  • Etiology
    • Degeneration
    • Abnormal body mechanics
    • Deconditioned - Poor muscle tone
    • Trauma
herniated nucleus pulposa1
Herniated Nucleus Pulposa
  • History- Some Event
  • Back and leg pain
  • Numbness and/or dysesthesias
  • Muscle weakness-nerve distribution
  • ^ with sitting / sneezing, coughing
  • Worse with valsalva
herniated nucleus pulposa2
Herniated Nucleus Pulposa
  • Exam “Classic Sign”
  • Painful SLR
  • Won’t lean forward
  • Change in sensation, strength or reflexes
  • Bowel or Bladder changes
herniated nucleus pulposa3
Herniated Nucleus Pulposa
  • Radiographs / MRI /EMG
herniated nucleus pulposa4
Herniated Nucleus Pulposa
  • Treatment- Conservative (80%)
    • Rest 3 days max
    • Analgesics / Antispasmodics / ice or heat
    • Physical therapy / Education
    • Avoid painful activities
  • Epidural Steroids
  • Surgical
    • Laminectomy no fusion
question 4
Question #4

Fred c/o pain, which is horrible if he sneezes. He can’t even sit in his car. He was dx with a herniated disc, hates hospitals & wants to know what else can be done besides surgery. Which of the following is the best response?

a. Rest, analgesics, antispasmodics, and back care education help 80% of the people.

b. He should continue all activity even if it is painful for 3 days.

c. There is no other treatment. He needs a fusion.

d. Steroid injection it works 100% of the time.

answer 4
Answer #4

Fred c/o pain, which is horrible if he sneezes. He can’t even sit in his car. He was dx with a herniated disc, hates hospitals & wants to know what else can be done besides surgery. You explain:

A. Rest, analgesics, antispasmodics, and back school help 80% of the people.

Rationale: For this type of problem, conservative treatment is the most beneficial.

degenerative disc disease
Degenerative Disc Disease
  • M >F Not Always Elderly
  •  water content in disc
  • Annular ligament fiber failure
  • Hx: back pain w/ activities for a while
  • May have radicular symptoms
spinal cord problems
Spinal Cord Problems
  • SCI
  • Spinal Stenosis
spinal cord injury
Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic M>F
  • Complete vs Incomplete
    • Meaning some sparing

of neurological function,

either sensory or motor

  • Level is everything!
levels
Levels
  • Spinal Cord – C1-L1
  • Conus Medularis Dist spinal cord
    • Bowel Bladder
  • Cauda Equina Lesions = Roots below Conus L-2
spinal stenosis
Spinal Stenosis
  • Etiology: congenital vs acquired (degenerative)
  • Lumbar region most common
  • Also called neurogenic claudication
spinal stenosis1
Spinal Stenosis
  • Back pain, leg pain when upright
    • Walking usually makes symptoms worse-“neurogenic claudication”
  • Relieved by bending, sitting
  • Nocturnal leg cramps
spinal stenosis2
Spinal Stenosis
  • Exam normal
    • Can be abnormal if severe hypertrophy of bone in foramen, causing nerve root compression
  • Check pulses r/o PVD- may need ABIs
  • Check for hip OA
  • X-ray: normal for age but may demonstrate hypertrophy of bone in foramen
  • MRI to eval. nerves
spinal stenosis treatment
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
  • Activity modification
  • Altered expectations
  • Therapy to improve endurance, strength
  • Epidural steroids
  • Surgery: Decompression
    • +/- fusion
degenerative scoliosis
Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Lateral curvature of the spine
  • 40-50 ° may require surgery
  • Etiol: Degenerative disc
kyphosis 45
Kyphosis (45°)
  • Posterior “hump” thoracic region
  • Etiology
    • Congenital
    • Scheuermann’s disease
    • Neuromuscular
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Metabolic (Osteoporosis)
    • Tumor
ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • M > F
  • Inflammatory disease
surgical intervention
Surgical Intervention
  • ABC’s, normal Post-op
    • Often serious cardio-

pulmonary compromise

  • Neurologic exams DOCUMENT
  • Pain control, positioning
  • Bowel & bladder
questions
Questions

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