The subject of spinal injuries in infants is presented to you in order that a discussion by this body of these injuries will determine their relation to the faulty development of the spine in the young, and to determine the relation between trauma and spinal caries.
The "traumatic spine" may be defined as any injury to the spinal column. Injuries to the spine in the very young are not infrequent, though the great majority of such injuries are slight. A simple sprain, muscular or bony contusion, sometimes combined with slight shock, is the usual condition following a slight fall as from a cot or sofa. Again a very slight fall or sudden contact with a sharp corner of an object, may produce a true fracture of the spine, usually a fracture of a spinous process. If a child falls and strikes sideways we may have a green-stick fracture of one