I am in my early twenties and a month ago I had a riding accident and suffered a minimally displaced L1 fracture.
I was x rayed and CT scanned, kept in for one night, X rayed again and then discharged. I was given the advice to rest, no heavy lifting, minimal bending and only exercise was to go for walks. I was given pain killers and anti-inflammatories. I was not fitted with a brace.
I have just been for my follow up x-ray (one month on) and told that there is further collapse of my L1 vertebrae and my spine is now "at an angle" as opposed to curved at Thoracic-lumbar junction.
I have been told to continue as I am - rest and walking with possibility of swimming if i am not feeling pain. I have been told that I will probably not be back on a horse for a year, due to the nature of my fracture, which is a major blow as I ride for work and pleasure.
My question is - should i have been fitted with a brace to help prevent further collapse? Would this have sped up my recovery? I have not read of anyone who had an L1 fracture that was not fitted with a brace.
Are there any exercises I can do without risking my spine? I am really struggling with having lost a lot of my independence and feel I am not making the progress that id hoped I would.
Thanks very much.