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Help please!!! Anyone in Brisbane Australia who has a Dr who treats thoracic trauma injuries from mo

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edited 04/14/2013 - 11:00 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
If anyone has a good specialist in Brisbane or the Gold Coast who understands traumatic thoracic injuries , wedge fracture 80% in T5 and damage to T7. I have seen surgeons who treat spondalitis and stable thoracic conditions, but are unfamiliar with traumatic thoracic conditions.

The muscle tissue has been damaged around the thoracic spine, has never healed as they did not brace 7 years ago. I am usually in about 4 -5 pain level every day and sometimetime in 8 - 9 pain even with strong opiate medication which I have finally succumbed after trying to fight the pain by myself. I do not want to be on opiates, I want the pain to go away.

I am seriously thinking of surgery but have read posts that make me scared of surgery.

Could you please send me a private EMail. I have attended pain clinics, bought a tens machine which made it worse, had acupuncture, studied hypnosis etc etc etc. I need a Dr who understands trauma injuries where the thoracic spine is not stable because of the associated rib injuries.

Has anyone else had a similar injury that wasn't braced at the time of the accident and susequently worn a brace and what were the results?

I would like to hear from people who have tried a brace and learn how effective it has been for them.


  • Can't you get a referal from your GP to see a specialist? That's the way it works here in the UK and I thought Australia was the same.

    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
  • Hi Mick
    I have done the rounds of specialists in Brisbane, been to pain clinics, tried every concievable method to stop the unrelenting pain I have been in for 7 years.

    The difference is that my injury is thoracic and caused through trauma. Thoracic spine injuries are thought to be stable, because people are usually born with them or have spondalitis etc but they don't usually break their ribs as well. I don't think my injury is stable. It is very rare to damage your throacic spine through trauma , usually a fall, motorbike accident or it's the injury pilots get when they eject from aircraft, - I have found a doctor on this site in Brisbane who may understand that trauma thoracic injuries are not stable. That's what I hope, but surgeons who treat thoracic injuries usually treat stable injuries and don't seem to get that if you examine a thoracic injury the ribs have to be taken into account as they are joined to the thoracic spine. Stable thoracic injuries are not usually painful so they just think I want medication.

    I have had to take in family members to tell them how bad my pain is but they still can't think outside the box so because they have been taught at med school thoracic injuries are stable they still don't believe me. I have only just realised this myself and will be trying a brace to stop my ribs from twisting which is what I was doing every day so no wonder I never got better. Thanks for your post I appreciate it. Hope your spine is OK and read some of your posts. Am seriously thinking of surgery and read you had surgery. Was it worth it?
  • Seeing for myself that rib injuries are not even required to experience horrible thoracic pain, I cannot imagine how much more it must hurt with them. The first orthopedic doctor I saw told me that the thoracic area was easier to heal because the rib cage took most of the weight and did not allow as much twisting as other parts of the spine. However, he also mentioned to expect bad pain from it and now when I visualize the expression on his face, I can tell he knew what I now have learned the hard way. Unfortunately, trauma also throws in the additional variable of unpredictability. My father is a physician and told me I was basically F'd and will be on painkillers the rest of my life. Thanks Dad :)
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