Breaking: Cam Newton Involved In Car Accident; Suffers Spinal Injury

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a 2 car accident today near the team’s facility in Charlotte. His truck flipped a few times and he was transported to the hospital on a stretcher. The Panthers have announced that Newton has suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back.

Multiple fractures of the spine, (as is the case with Newton) can damage the spinal cord and may require an operation to remove pressure from the nerves and to stabilize the bone. Specialty care may be needed if there has been an injury to an internal organ near a broken transverse process.

Symptoms of vertebral fractures typically include one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden onset of back pain

  • Standing or walking will usually make the pain worse

  • Lying on one’s back makes the pain less intense

  • Limited spinal mobility

  • Deformity and disability

A compression fracture in the spine may not cause any back pain or show any symptoms. Therefore, even if there is not back pain, any height loss, limited ability to twist and bend the back or a deformity that develops in the spine should be a cause for concern.

Dr. Anthony Virella is a Board-Certified, Fellowship trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management of complex spinal disorders. He attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program. Dr. Virella completed his complex spine in-folding resident fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation with Dr. Edward C. Benzel, M.D. Additional work included a second fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized specialist in the field of complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and has offices located in Westlake Village, Simi Valley, and Valencia.  Call us at 805.449.0088 to schedule an appointment in Valencia, Simi Valley or  Westlake Village today.