Fractures of the spine are painful breaks within the bone. Many times, these fractures are caused by overuse and sporting activity. The thoraco-lumbar areas of the spine represent the most common areas for spine fractures. The fractures can be very small and simple (such as a transverse fracture) or more complex as seen in dislocations. Even the most minor fractures can cause significant back pain. Many fractures can heal on their own with rest and a brace. One of the most significant factors in treating a fracture of the spine is to understand and diagnose the amout of angulation that occurs within the break. An MRI is helpful in determining this so that the most effective course of treatment can be prescribed.