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Transverse Process Fracture

Transverse process fractures of the spine are not serious injuries in the long-term although they are very painful in the short-term (similar to a broken rib).

Andrew Johns of Newcastle suffered 3 transverse process fractures in the 2002 NRL finals and with this injury it appeared Newcastle's chances of defending their NRL title evaporated.
Transverse Process Fracture Xray
Xray demonstrating transverse process fractures in the lower spine