Aric Almirola Suffers Thoracic Vertebra Fracture in Kansas Speedway Crash

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan, – Following a massive crash involving the cars of Joey Logano, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola on Lap 199 in the Go Gowling 400 at Kansas Speedway, Almirola was airlifted to the Kansas University Medical Center, where he spent the remainder of the evening being treated for a fracture of the T5 or thoracic vertebra, according to a statement from Richard Petty Motorsports.

On Sunday morning, Almirola was released from the hospital and allowed to travel back to his home in Mooresville, North Carolina to follow-up with his personal physician.

The team did not provide further information on how long Almirola might be out of the famous No. 43 Smithfield Foods-sponsored Ford.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “the most common treatments for a thoracic compression fracture are: pain medications, decreasing activity, and bracing. In rare cases, surgery may also be necessary.”

The thoracic portion of the spine is located in the middle-area of the back and is made up of 12 vertebrae. The thoracic spine controls stability, which helps hold the body upright.

The team stated it would release additional information at a later time.

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