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    Hey Neil -

    Sorry to hear about your injury... I empathize with your struggle.

    I had to wear my brace, a cervical/thoracic contraption that held me "in place" 24/7 for the first four months. I could take it off to shower about a month after my accident, but I couldn't and wouldn't sleep without it - even though it was quite uncomfortable to do so. I was in extreme pain, and even turning over in bed could wipe me out for hours. I have/had no bone rubbing sounds - however I have weird nerve sensation/issues, like touch one shoulder blade, and I feel it on the other side...

    My injuries were extremely severe, I basically destroyed my T3, and completely de-stabilized my C5-C6 interface. I was paralyzed from the chest down at two different points immediately following my accident. That I am walking, riding, and doing most of what I did prior to my accident is nothing short of a miracle - something I thank God for almost daily.

    I hope for a speedy and complete recovery for you. Listen to your docs, DO PT...if/when you can! it helps, don't rush anything...it just isn't worth it.

    best regards-
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    Hi Bob
    Thanks for the quick reply, just goes to show that mountainbikers really do care!
    My injuries pale in comparison to yours, however i know God was with me, and he's helping me through this. As a father i shudder if i think about what could have happened, my 3year old boy just loves running and playing outside with me.

    Im so glad to hear you made a full recovery, remally inspiring stuff.
    I'm willing to take it easy, the way i see it if i get better properly i have the rest of my life to ride.
    Kind regards, and safe riding.
    Neil

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    Strange reunion, eh? I'm glad to see you guys are carrying on and riding as much as you can. Me? I'm doing fine, neurologically, no pain or weekness. But I never really recovered all my fitness though.

    My theory is, the better shape you're in, the more you like riding. The more you like riding, the more you ride. The more you ride, the better shape you're in. That was me before the car accident.

    On the other hand, the worse shape you're in, the less you like riding. The less you like riding, the less you ride. The less you ride, the worse shape you're in. That's me now. I keep trying to get back over the hump to the "the better shape you're in" side, but I'm getting old.

    Anyway, I don't have much to complain about, considering.

    Good to hear from you guys. I've read this thread lots and wondered how you're doing.

    Oh, I had to cancel my trip to Norway, because I needed more surgery, and didn't have a chance to set off the airport metal detectors.

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    Reading all these postings give me strength. I have a 3 column compression fracture on T12, operation done mid of this month, 14.8cm rod and 8 screws due to fracture being unstable. Planning to return back to MTB only after 8-10 months. Implants can only be removed in 18-24 months time. Thanks God, there wasn't any damage to my spinal or nerves.

    Planning not to skip any PT, to aid my recovery back to this sports.

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    Mtrhead, and all you guys with burst and compression fractures. ...

    Don't succumb to a sense of inevitable decline, not by any means. It depends on the severity of your injury, but if the central canal or spinal nerve foramens are not really impinging on the nerves/ spinal chord severely, surgery is usually not the first choice. You should be able to heal up and re-strengthen your core back muscles with careful PT.

    I've been treating spinal injuries for 25 years with a combination of acupuncture and laser therapy, in conjuction with Orthopedic surgeons' and Pt's, and for the most part only a small percentage have had to go under the knife, so to speak. Most of the time, the body can heal up with conservative therapies, like what I do, and PT. And the appropriate time period.

    This is not just my opinion, either, it is born out in many clinical studies.

    So hang in there, give it time, and consistent effort. Don't push it too hard, either.
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    Good luck to all back and future back injuries

    I broke 3 posterior ribs, compression fractures of 2 verterbrae in the thoracic area
    (dont remember which ones poor short term memory from a previous traumatic brain injury)
    and compressed a disc.

    I did everything my doctor said eventhough I wanted to ride sooner. I started with walking in the
    mall. I stretch the back after every ride and a little over a year post injury I am doing great lots of soreness all over but hey gotta keep moving and living...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. D View Post
    Good luck to all back and future back injuries

    I broke 3 posterior ribs, compression fractures of 2 verterbrae in the thoracic area
    (dont remember which ones poor short term memory from a previous traumatic brain injury)
    and compressed a disc.

    I did everything my doctor said eventhough I wanted to ride sooner. I started with walking in the
    mall. I stretch the back after every ride and a little over a year post injury I am doing great lots of soreness all over but hey gotta keep moving and living...

    Great to hear that. Was your fracture corrected with an implant? I have two rods and 8 screws. The fracture is bridged by relying on the vertebrae above and below for support due to it being an unstable T12 3 columns fracture. Specialist say today no MTB till the rods are removed 17 months later. That is one super long time to cold storage my bike.

    Thought of converting my MTB to a stationary cycling machine to build up leg muscles and etc. After all he ok a stationary cycling bike after 22 weeks.

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    C6/c7

    I'm back riding pretty hard in less than 1 year. Though I avoid the worst rock gardens.

    I know there is much worst than my injury. I poped the disc. no damage to the spinal column or bone. zero pain post procedure. Hope your recovery goes well.

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    Makes me feel good to see my thread is still going and people are having positive healings.

    I'm doing awesome and still no back issues or pains. Life's good! and I'm thankful everyday.

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    I feel worst if I don't ride. I think it is the office job coupled with inactivity that brings out my issues. I do recommend a plush full suspension bike it makes it easier on my back than anything that involves running. For me it is hiking, biking and the gym.

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    Well i just joined T12 club about 3 weeks ago. I went for a drop and ended up on my face. My T12 is about 30% compressed to the front and fortunately no nerve or spinal cord damage. So major props to the makers of my helmet and neck brace. They literally saved my life! My doctor just prescribed a brace and painkillers. I have a follow up appt. later this week so I'll give an update after. I'm doing what everyone else seems to be doing, rest, wearing my brace (which I HATE BTW) and limiting my activity. The doc did give the go-ahead for riding a stationary bike though and returning to work at my discretion.

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    Welcome,
    What kind of neck brace where you wearing? Sounds knarly

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    compression fractures

    Hi lads.
    It's been 10 months after my accident. I've been back on the bike for the past 4 months, after spending 6 months in bed/ and in rehab. It hurt like hell initially, pain only subsiding now.
    I can really recommend rowing and swimming as a fantastic way of strengthening back and core muscles, it works wonders for me.
    Being back on the bike is great, loving every moment of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtrhead View Post
    Welcome,
    What kind of neck brace where you wearing? Sounds knarly

    I was wearing a Leatt Brace and a Fox helmet. They definitely did their jobs as I landed squarely on my head. I was wearing full armor as well so other than a broken back I didn't get a mark on me. My next doctor appointment is tomorrow so I'll give an update. I'm curious as to where I'm up to with recovery. I'm about 4 weeks out from the injury so I know I'm only about halfway there but I'm getting anxious to resume some kind of normal life and get into PT.

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    Hello everyone

    Hope everything is allright with you.
    I was searching the web for someone with the same problem and i found this topic

    I also broke my back... Vertebrae L1...it was more of a compression than a fracture..but now i have screws linking my T12 to my L2.

    There is not much information on the web about people with these kind of injury...
    My doctor says that i will be almost back to normal...90% to almost 100% prior the injury....

    But i dont know!!!!

    I used to do AM/Enduro with the ocasional jumps...
    I had to use a vest for 6 weeks...but now im vest free (two months) and still feel the ocasional pain on the lombar area...specialy in the morning

    My "fisioterapist" tells me that is the result of the lack of muscle...lombar muscle...they had to cut the muscle to get to the bones...and the muscle dispite the healing is still very weak and thin....
    He also told me that is all about muscle know...and as soon as i gain it again it will all be ok

    Did you felt the same way?
    Are you able to do jumps or drops...and how about your flexibility?!? I had plenty but now...oh my god...i cant do halfof what i was able to do...

    thanks for all the help

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    Well I count myself pretty lucky. Other than having to put up with this brace for a couple months I think I should make a full recovery. Weather or not I return to aggressive riding I guess is on me. But I have a lot to think about. I just comes down to how much risk I want to accept.

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    hello guys
    im in a similar situation i was hit by a car this summer and i got a busted shoulder blade i got a compression and a 2way fracture to my spine TH5 i got of my corset i had one with straps at the front and my head held on place for 3 months 24/7 only time i got it of was shower day once a week.
    I am starting my physiotherapy now Thursday 17/10 2013.
    well i might be on the bike in a few days/ a weeks time and that is soft around the block kind of riding if i have got it all correct.
    i do hope that you guys get well and get on your bikes soon as well.

    thanks for me
    Pekka

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    Heres my testimonial and recovery
    6 months from the crash



    One year after the crash

    https://vimeo.com/74980633

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    Hello everyone
    First off like to say this is a great thread. Almost every other website Ive found on the subject has been utterly depressing. Im on my 10th week anniversary of a t8 3 column burst fracture with no neurological damage also no surgery. Plan so far is constant wearing of a torso brace for 12 weeks, then physical therapy. First 2-3 weeks really sucked lotsa pain and discomfort, now I experience mild twinges of pain when Im doing general household duties like washing dishes or cleaning. Im an optician by trade I find turning those little screws excruciating. But as long as Im not doing anything too strenuous Im fine. Like everyone else whos been thru this I thank jebus everyday that Im not paralyzed because man that was close.
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    ^^That's a darned impressive X-ray there. Sometimes I wonder what jebus was thinking when he designed our spines, to begin with.
    He musta known what we were gonna go out and do with them.
    Re-Cycled Person who rides a mountain bicycle.

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