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Will therapy help me?

Just found this site! I never could find anything about thoracic pain and information and it has its own forum here! I need some input on my situation. I had a T4 burst fracture from being rear-ended in a car accident on 2/2010. I had developed a thoracic kyphotic deformity from the fracture and had some scoliosis. I was fused from T2-T7 and a cage was put in for my damaged T4 and I had rods and screws holding it all together. It was discovered on the operating table that I had severe osteoporosis in my spine. I rehabbed and returned to work full time about 16 months later as a rural mail carrier for the USPS. Seventeen months later, I started having severe back pain. A new CT scan showed my T5 had a compression fracture and my hardware had failed and a fusion had come apart(T5-T6). I had revision surgery 2/2013 and am now fused T2-T8. Rehab this time has been considerably more difficult. I started my first round of therapy 3 weeks ago; it is going very slowly. I have a VERY stiff neck; very limited motion; my upper back is extremely tight and cannot be massaged. Massaging any of my trapezes muscles and around the spine causes me a lot of pain. I am having pain in my right arm whenever I reach; lift or basically use my arm. It is a deep aching heaviness all the way to my fingers. I am getting tingles going bi-laterally down my legs occasionally. I also get stabbing, lightening bolts of pain the more active I am. I was on Lyrica the first surgery and do not wish to be on it again. Does anyone have any advice or input on what is going on; if this is something that will get worse? I did not have any of this my first surgery. I am 10 months post-op and each week seems to have something new happening that is nerve related.It is causing me to get concerned. Also the pain i felt at the compression fracture site is still there. It manifests itself when I reach or lift something with my arms extended away from my body. I am concerned I have a non-union because of my osteoporosis. I'm unable to sleep like everyone else. Thanks for any responses or input.


  • Sorry to hear all this! I don't have thoratic problems (yet) nut someone will be along that does that will have more answers for you.

    Lots of information here so look at some of the articles.

    Keep in touch,
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