Spine Trauma Knowledge Package

Fractures of the Thoracolumbar Spine

This spine surgery knowledge package covers fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. This course is one of 4 spine surgery knowledge packages in the Spine Trauma series.

Price: €129

CME Credits: 15 CME credits available

Duration: 12 Months

Tuition language: English

Course Structure:  5 online lectures in video format with English transcription, with pre and post learning assessments and additional learning materials.


Lecturers: F.C. Oner, Alberto Zerbi, Max Aebi and Marius Keel

About this Knowledge Package

This spine surgery knowledge package covers fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. This course is one of 4 spine surgery knowledge packages in the Spine Trauma series.

It focuses on the classification, clinical presentation, diagnosis and imaging of thoracolumbar fractures and injuries, and the conservative, general and specific surgical treatment options.

It provides in-depth learning materials for your continuing medical education.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the presentation and early management of thoracic and lumbar spine fractures
  2. Understand appropriate imaging modalities and their application in the evaluation of thoracic and lumbar spine fractures
  3. Understand past and current classification schemes for thoracic and lumbar spine fractures
  4. Understand the general principles and indications for the conservative treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures
  5. Understand the principles applicable in the surgical treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures

Target Groups

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Specialist Non-surgeon Medical Professionals

engaged in the management of spinal trauma patients

Lectures included in this Knowledge Package

Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Trauma: Clinical Presentation and Diagnosis

This lecture looks at the presentation of spinal trauma in emergency and its early management. The screening methods available are discussed, including the application of CT scanning as a screening tool. The classification systems involved are discussed and their implications are examined in depth. Finally, the key points regarding early total care are clarified.

Imaging of Thoraco-Lumbar Injuries

This lecture looks at the role of the three most commonly employed imaging modalities in the management of spinal trauma, with a description of the indications for each modality. Algorithms are provided for guidance for both major and minor trauma. Clinical cases are included where multiple modalities were required. Also included in the discussion is the imaging of sacral trauma and its classification.

Classification of Thoracolumbar Fractures

This lecture looks at the classification of thoracolumbar spine injuries. The lecture includes a discussion about the uses of the classification and the characteristics of an ideal classification. The evolution of the classification for fractures is discussed, along with the key characteristics which are utilised in classifying a fracture. This is followed by a look at the old and currect AO classification, and the differences between the two. The impact of the current classification on the classification algorithm is also discussed. Finally, the lecture goes through a series of cases and their classifications are specified.

General Principles and Indication for Conservative Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spine Fractures

This lecture looks at the principles and indications for conservative treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures, beginning with an explanation of the stability of spine fractures and the transmission of various forces through the intact spine. As the current classification systems incorporate the concept of stability, a detailed explanation of the current established AO classificaion version is included. The indications for conservative treatment are clarified, with emphasis on correct interpretation of the fracture type. Finally, the regimen of conservative treatment and the principles involved in the treatment are discussed.

Specific Surgical Treatment of Thoracolumbar Spine Injuries

This lecture covers the surgical principles and the treatment of thoracolumbar spine fractures, beginning with an explanation of the key factors which affect the decision making including the timing, approach, degree of stabilisation, and the need for the restoration of anterior column or restoration of tension band mechanism. These aspects are discussed with the help of real life clinical situations and the surgical treatment which the patient underwent, and illustrated with detailed pre-, post- and peri-operative clinical pictures.

Ready to get started? Here's how...


Click the 'Enrol Now' button to purchase. We'll send you an Activation Key by email.



Log-in to eccelearning.com, and enter your Activation Key to unlock the course.



Once unlocked, you can start the course at any time, and in any order.


Fractures of the Thoracolumbar Spine - Spine Surgery Knowledge Package - Thumbnail

Spine Trauma Knowledge Package

Fractures of the Thoracolumbar Spine

  • 15 CME Credits
  • 12 Months Access
  • 5 Online Video Lectures
  • Pre- and Post- Learning Assessments
  • Additional Learning Materials

Price: €129

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Knowledge Package, and who are they for?

A: Knowledge Packages are bundles of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. Each Lecture includes the Lecture Presentation, Additional Learning Resources, Pre-Learning Quiz and Lecture Assessment. Each Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts from 20-45 minutes. The Lectures contain relevant additional learning resources (book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.), which are presented in context and viewable immediately for your convenience.

Knowledge Packages are typically for Spine Fellows, Residents and experienced Spine Surgeons. Some Knowledge Packages are beneficial for other Medical or Non-Surgical Professionals, such as Radiologists or Physiotherapists.

Knowledge Packages make up our Specialist Certificates, and Specialist Certificates make up our full Spine Surgery Diploma. Students can therefore work their way towards full qualifications in Spine Surgery in affordable chunks. Alternatively, Knowledge Packages are a great way for experienced Spine Surgeons to augment their knowledge with the most up-to-date education in specific spine topics.

Q: What does a Knowledge Package include?

A: Each Knowledge Package is a bundle of 3-6 Spine Lectures from the eccElearning Spine Surgery Education Programme. They contain all relevant Lecture Presentations, compulsory downloadable reference material (such as journal articles and book chapters), pre- and post- learning assessments and CME Credits. You will have access to all these materials for 12 months.

Q: Who recognises the eccElearning Lectures and Packages?

A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Q: Is there a final exam?

A: There is no final exam for Knowledge Packages. However, if you purchase all Knowledge Packages within a Specialist Certificate, you will need to complete a 1-hour multiple-choice question Examination to be awarded that Specialist Certificate.

Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Knowledge Package?

A: Yes, you have a study period of 12 Months to complete a Knowledge Package. However, a Knowledge Package is typically completed successfully by students within 2-3 weeks of starting.

Q: Can I request an extension?

A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.

Q: Can I try before I buy?

A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?

A: Candidates may apply for a full or partial refund within 14 days of a purchase. A refund will only be granted if there has been no significant activity on the respective content by the candidate. Applications for refunds may be sent via the contact form.