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    Back in the saddle.

    It's been a little over a year since I had my T12 fracture, 30 percent compression. It was Aug. 18 2007. My back brace was not unbearable. I felt better with it on then off. It took me I think about 3 months to get back on the horse and 6 months to really get back to riding. I bought a back protector from a snowboarding company, which I wore with my soft back brace and a helmet. I only walked in the very beginning and then walk and jog. I am totally back to normal now although I do ware the back protector and helmet now. I was concern about the horses not being ridden. I asked my vet. I fed them a little less and I switched from sweet feed to low starch. I did ground work as much as I could as soon as I could. I think It was about after a month from the accident. The horses responded fine. I have two of them and I am the only rider. I am back in the saddle and all is well with the three of us.

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    A&E Did Not X-Ray Me To Find Fracture!

    Hello I am a 42 year old professional Horse Rider who fell from my horse in April this year. I was taken by ambulance to hospital on a back board and examined by doctor. I was x-rayed on my pelvis but not my back. Was given more and more pain killers as i told them I could not move. After 9 hours in emergency I was discharged, practically carried to car and told it was damaged muscles. After 4 months of agony my osteo who refused to treat me told me he thought I had a back fracture. Turns out i have both vertical and horizontal fracture in L1 and disc herniation so T12 disc not in body of L1.

    Has anyone had an experience of hospitals missing fractures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillingstone
    Hello I am a 42 year old professional Horse Rider who fell from my horse in April this year. I was taken by ambulance to hospital on a back board and examined by doctor. I was x-rayed on my pelvis but not my back. Was given more and more pain killers as i told them I could not move. After 9 hours in emergency I was discharged, practically carried to car and told it was damaged muscles. After 4 months of agony my osteo who refused to treat me told me he thought I had a back fracture. Turns out i have both vertical and horizontal fracture in L1 and disc herniation so T12 disc not in body of L1.

    Has anyone had an experience of hospitals missing fractures?
    Oh yeah, I went 50 days before they found my T 12 Burst fracture, missed by the hospital and rehab after I told them while laying in the Hiway that my back was broken. I had brken it before and knew what it felt like

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    I was in aforklift accident 3 years ago.it broke and droped me. My pain was not to bad, i felt a giant ball in thoracic,within a few days that ball turned into a pain like no other , to breathe was so hard,my legs didnt go where i wanted them to, i was the other guy in the eveready battery comercial . t8 was a comp frac. Doctors would not listen and try to understand . they missed it ,it was a month into it , then they but me in traction and hyperextension brace, Now ive been in bed the most part of 3 years i battle daily to get out ,these doctors have been trying to wein me off brace pushing me threw the pain of therapy causing me to looze everything from stomach down, i put on hyperextension brace and i get legs back in 15 min . These doctors would not listen , I went to a doctor that understands SCI , after 3 years theres a name on it unstable thoracic spine. Im not shure where we go from here .im so gratefull that a doctor finally understands.
    Last edited by lespaul; 11-09-2008 at 12:29 PM. Reason: not done

  6. #56

    Smile Kyphoplasty after T-12 compression fracture

    In March of 2007 I was bucked off my horse (as many others in this forum have also spoken of) and was in the hospital for 6 days. Within 3 weeks of my release I had Kyphoplasty done of my compression fracture which helped me to regain much of the height in the vertebra and reduced the compression of nerves and reducing my pain greatly. Unfortunately, this procedure must be done within weeks of fracture, so this post will only be informative for the newly injured.

    Has anybody else had this procedure? If so, what was your outcome? I still have quite a bit of pain at the point of fracture and 3 levels above. My pain, however, is not nearly as extreme as before the surgery and my back is much more stable. I am getting ready to have radio-frequency nerve ablation therapy next week to kill the offending nerves. I am hoping that it is successful and I can reduce the amount of medications required for my day to day pain control.

    My advice for people with any type of spinal fracture is this..... Get yourself in to see either a neurosurgeon, an orthopedic surgeon, or a spinal pain specialist to have your spine evaluated by someone who knows what to look for. If you wait too long for diagnosis and correct treatment of your injury you will have crippling pain for the rest of your life.

    Good luck to you all!

  7. #57

    T12 compression Fracture

    I fell on the ice flat on my back about thirty years ago and suffered a compression fracture as well. Now I can not sleep for more then 2-3 hours in bed before the pain awakens me. If I sleep in a recliner it doesn't hurt. So to answer your question about later in life, I would do every thing possible now so you don't have the same problem I now have.

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    Cool Compression Fracture T8 and T12

    I have recent (DOI: 9 Nov 09) anterolat compression wedge fractures of T8 and T12 sustained following 2 metre fall at speed into bush from my mountain bike. I was airlifted from remote area to nearest hospital where inital X rays were clear. Luckily I was admitted over night for observation due to facial injuries and next morning after complaining of "clicking"noises in chest they did CT - showed multiple Rib and Thoracic vertebral fractures. I was discharged a week later with TSLO back brace. Wore this for 6 weeks and now I am trying to get used to going without it. Can do more with it on and only last about an hour up with out it due to pain. Not taking pain relief now but am waiting to see Spinal Specialist for second opinion as like others have voiced here it is not knowing what the future holds and if you will get better. My first surgeon was very casual and says yes I will get back running and biking but it is hard to see passed the pain and imobility that I have at present especially in view of my age (50 ish) and other stories that you hear. I didn't buy a horse (live on big farm great for horses!) cos didn't want to risk fall and injury - looks like mountain bikes are just as dangerous!

  9. #59
    3) For the riders out there: what is the general opinion on protective vests? USEA requires them in cross country eventing, but USPC says it's up to the rider. I'm wondering if the vest would protect me from injuries like this in the future.
    Although there is not 100% agreement on the subject, and hence the differing positions between USEA and USPC (I used to be on USPC's safety committee, and gathered data from all riding accidents nationwide as part of a study trying to discern this type of info, working in conjunction with the American Medical Equestrian Assoc, my NS was pres at the time, as well as chief medical officer for Rolex, still is), the general consensus among the medical community is that vests provide no protection against spinal or spinal cord injuries......... or little else, except perhaps minimal protection against soft tissue injury (i.e. bruises). Helmets, on the other hand, have been shown to provide a 50% reduction in the incidence of concussions and brain injuries. Any vest that was designed in such a way that it might afford protection would be too hindering in the rider's ability to move to make it practical to wear o a horse.

  10. #60
    I suffered or was blessed, whichever way you look at it, with a T12 compression fracture when I was 19. I LIVED on the back of my horse. When my doc walked into the ER I asked him when I was going to ride again, and I was drugged up beyond all comprehension and all I could think about was riding my horse. I was thrown from a vehicle and walked 150 ft to the road, I was bent over backwards but hey I made it to the road so I could be found. I knew I could walk so I didn't care about anything else. My accident was in August of '01 and I was sitting (not riding) on my horse in October. I didn't feel totally comfortable to do any real riding until February and by May I was chasing cows again. I do have pain in the lower vertebrae but it is worse after riding. I usually take a pain med before I ride and I am fine.
    I don't ride with a brace of jacket simply because it limits movement and if you have to be able to move with the horse. If you think about it the jacket (I think) isn't really going to do a lot to protect you if you fall beyond rib damage, because your lower back is still going to be able to move.
    When I started PT I couldnt move my left leg out to the side. MY advise, stay in PT as long as you can and take advantage to work as hard as you can and not give up! PT is one of the toughest things to do in life but so worth it!
    I have harrington rods in place so the hardware does cause some pain in the winter (conduction of metal and all). My doc keeps asking when I want them out, never is my answer but we'll see. I have had scar tissue build up over the bolts of the hardware and did have a pinched nerve under one of the bolts. Cortisone shots are wonderful! Back massages are great and help a lot! I hope this helps someone! Any questions just ask!
    Last edited by Sreeser; 02-11-2009 at 11:16 PM.

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