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First off lets start off the discussion with describing what the transverse process of the spine is and what is the mechanism that causes us to fracture it, in the first place. The transverse process are the lateral projections off the right and left of our cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae, and in general are considered a stable structure. If the transverse process is considered a stable structure why have we seen both Neymar the famous soccer player, and Tony Romo recently experience these injuries? The answer to that question lies in the mechanism of action that causes the injury. The most common mechanisms of injury for this type of injury is through blunt trauma (motor vehicle), avulsion of the psoas and by trauma that causes a sudden extreme lateral flexion/extension (getting hit in the back). All of these mechanism of actions require and extreme force and require further work up...Last modified on