Hello all! On Aug 6th, 2009, I had a severe ATV accident where I went off a 82 foot sand dune. I was careflighted to the nearest hospital and had the following injuries: Right lower leg laceration(required surgery), a broken C2 and T7 compression fracture. The docs were amazed that I survived and that I didnt have any sort of paralysis. I am very grateful for that!
I was placed in a Halo for the C2 the second day while in ICU. 2 days following, the Neuro said that it was still having too much movement, then opted to have a 3" screw inserted to stabilize with a cervical collar that I currently wear. T7 was compressed as well, but the Neuro stated that due to the rigidity of the ribcage and my age 32 year old healthy male, that T7 should be stable and heal on its own.
I have recently found a very well respected surgeon here in McKinney, Tx. I saw him exactly 2 weeks following my accident and took xrays. He stated the neck was healing with the screw but that the T7 was of a bit of a concern, but wanted to watch it. I just went back this past Thurs (Sept 3rd) for more xrays and he stated that it has collapsed more. Im at 38 degrees right now. I only have pain when I walk around for awhile and then subsides after about 3-4 min after I take a seat in a padded chair/seat. He has already mentioned spinal fusion and possibly ballon khypoplasty(sp?). This came to much alarm as the Doc at the hospital was not worried at all and I do not want surgery. I am not currently in a brace and am not on any pain meds. I will be headed to PT for the 1st time this week to help me in the meantime before I head back in 4 weeks for more scans.
Anyone had a similar situation? Any advice or help would be much appreciated in the meantime. Today has been exactly 1 month since this accident.
Thanks in advance!