Cam Newton's Back Fracture Is Not a Career Ender

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton’s back fracture from a car accident isn’t likely to be a career ender, but it could leave him sidelined for a little bit, a New York spinal specialist says. “There are many different types of back fractures; the fracture in this case happens to be a transverse process fracture,” says Jason Lipetz, MD, director of spinal rehabilitation for the North Shore-LIJ Spine Center. He adds that the processes of the spine are along the side where muscles and ligaments often connect. “Thankfully, fractures of these bones oftentimes don’t interfere with the nerves of the spine or the spinal cord,” he adds.

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