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    Old Compression Fracture

    I was in the hospital emergency room last week for possible heart problems. X-rays were taken, along with other tests. One of the x-rays was taken from my side in a sitting position. In this x-ray they found an old mid-level thoracic compression fracture. This is the first I've heard of it! This must've happened when I sustained my C2/C3 injury (incomplete). I have to wonder if this is the reason why I slowly lost function in my hip flexors. Six months after the injury I was able to lift my knees about 5 inches off my chair. Over the next few weeks, I did a lot of standing and walking with a Lite Gait. Within four weeks, I had lost most function in my hip flexors. It was very frustrating and depressing!

    After almost 5 years, I still have not regained that level of function in my hip flexors. Is it possible that through exercising I may have caused more damage to my spinal cord at that point? After five years, there's probably not a lot that can be done about it. Just looking for some thoughts on my theory.

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    Old Fx.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian S
    I was in the hospital emergency room last week for possible heart problems. X-rays were taken, along with other tests. One of the x-rays was taken from my side in a sitting position. In this x-ray they found an old mid-level thoracic compression fracture. This is the first I've heard of it! This must've happened when I sustained my C2/C3 injury (incomplete). I have to wonder if this is the reason why I slowly lost function in my hip flexors. Six months after the injury I was able to lift my knees about 5 inches off my chair. Over the next few weeks, I did a lot of standing and walking with a Lite Gait. Within four weeks, I had lost most function in my hip flexors. It was very frustrating and depressing!

    After almost 5 years, I still have not regained that level of function in my hip flexors. Is it possible that through exercising I may have caused more damage to my spinal cord at that point? After five years, there's probably not a lot that can be done about it. Just looking for some thoughts on my theory.
    A X-Ray taken from the side position is called a lateral. Being over 50 years old it would be common practice to do a Chest series for suspect Heart problem through the ER. The lateral chest X-Ray if properly done will show the Thoracic Spine. A compression FX. can NOT be dated exactly but can be recognized as acute or old. Your best bet is to request your injury date Radiology reports.

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    There really is no way to know this for sure. I would compare speak with request that the radiolgoist compare them to any other previous xrays to see if this was present int he past and if so, has it worsened.

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    Cause of c2/c3 injury

    Do you mind sharing what the cause of your c2/c3 injury was from? I dont know alot of about that area of the spine except the impact can be extremly severe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiffonRose
    Do you mind sharing what the cause of your c2/c3 injury was from? I dont know alot of about that area of the spine except the impact can be extremly severe.
    The short answer is that I had a bicycle accident, flew over the handlebars, and landed on the top of my head. If you'd like to read the whole story, you can visit my website.

    http://briansternberg.com/first-year.html

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