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T8/10 wedge fracture prognosis? any experience please!?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Osteoporosis and Fractures

Was hit back a car from behind whilst riding a motorcycle 2 weeks ago.
Was diagnoes with a wedge fracture of T8 (~10-13degrees)and T10 (less than 5degrees)
Was in the hospital on my back for 1 week and then dirschared with a back brace.

They told me that they normally would operate these type of fractures, but since the severity of the fracture wasn't to "bad" and considering the risk of an operation they would try with the backbrace. I'm suppose to come back for another x-ray in a week.

Does anyone know the long term prognosis of these types of "mild" wedge fractures?
Only have mild backpain during the day but can only sleep for 3-4hours during the night as I can't stay on my back for that long despite pain medication.
Is it common to get long term back pain with these types of injuries?
I'm I likely to get degenerative changes/problems later on in life?

I'm currently 27years old.

Hope someone can tell me about their experience!!
Thank you so much for your help! :-)
Hugs Mags!


  • Hi Magdalena, I too was knocked off a motorcycle from behind by car and sustained fracture to T11 was flaton my back then discharged with body brace,that was 3 months ago. unfortunately i am still havinga lotofpainand discomfort so I am now waiting for an MRI scan to geta better picture of whats going on. Inotice it's a while since you left your post - how are you doing mow ?
  • I fell off the back of a 4 wheeler when I was 15 during the summer of 93... I didn't feel alot of pain other than the feeling someone was standing on my shoulders. I sat in the front seat of the car for a 35 minute ride to the hospital. After x-rays prognosis was a wedge compression fracture of t12 and fracture of t11. I thought I was going to die!! There was a chip 3 mm from my spinal cord. Luckily no paralysis! After 6 days in the hospital I was released with a jewett brace.. I wasn't in alot of pain but I was young and my mother enforced my restrictions. After 3 months the pain began. I went for my follow up and the orthopedic doctor had a scary look on his face and sent me to a specialist. An MRI revealed that I now had an unstable fracture as a result of the jewet brace putting pressure on it! They gave me a boston overlay which is more like a body cast. By March of 94 the fracture was so unstable they had to fuse t9-l2 with hardware and a piece of my hip. Then they removed the hardware in 95 because it was causing massive headaches. I must admit I am very lucky to be walking but the days of pain vary. I have to go to aggressive spinal rehab every 3 years because the muscles at the fusion level don't get enough exercise and I experience numbness, tingling ect. It's never going away, but I won't let it run my life. I do everything I was told I wouldn't be able to do and have a 60 hr per week job. Yes I have to pay for the exertion, but it's worth it. You only live once. Try to practice mind over matter because the more you let it run your life the worse off you will be. Hang in there!
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  • i have a T8 wedge fracture i have been suffering from since december 2009. The hospital did not give me any anything till march 2010. They gave me a brace in march and i had 2 physio therpys. I still have pain and it has never stopped. They wont do anything to help me.
  • i had 3 compression fractures 2 years ago{due to severe osteoporosis} they healed quite well and just left me with a constant dull ache across my back. hoever i have just had another fracture and the pain when i go to bed is horrendous. diazapm. cocodomol and ibobrufen help me carry on through the day pretty much as normal, but i dread going to bed because i know that about 5am the pain will wake me.. it completly immobalizes me and it takes me about 20 min just to get out of bed. it is not my spine that hurts ..it is like some has put a vice around my chest that makes it difficult to breathe..has anyone any advice
  • I haven't been on here for quite a few years!! I was just going through and reading everyone's stories.. I hope everyone is doing better!!
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  • I have had constant severe pain from a 80% wedge fracture in my T5 thoracic spine for 7 years from a motorbike accident Haven't had an operation because thoracic is a serious operation and there are no guarantees. I wasn't braced and thought I'd get better. I have spent over $30,000 on every type of therapy imaginable. Nothing has worked except opiods combined with muscle relaxants. The opiods didn't work by themselves.

    Please look after it or you might end up in intractable pain like me. I need to remember 'pain is my enemy'. If you wanna read my story it's under this thoracic pain is insane on the upper back pain forum - buried somewhere - u can look it up by my name.

    I have just read the Intractable Pain Manual on this site. It is worth reading and am going to do everything he recommends.

    I too worked a 60 - 70 hour week and pushed through the pain, my pain was immediate after my accident and never stopped, I knew that I had seriously damaged my spine.

    In the end after years of fighting the pain, I had to give up work. Please treat your thoracic pain seriously. As I worked I kept twisting and I am sure my injury did not heal in the right place. Your ribs are joined to your thoracic spine so that is why they think thoracic injuries are stable. A lot of people don't get any pain from thoracic injuries, but with trauma injuries it is different. If you broke or cracked any of your ribs as well you really need to be careful.

    I say if you broke your arm and kept twisting it it wouldn't heal.

    I didn't want pain to rule my life either, which in actual fact it did - I just covered really well and then went home and lay down and cried for hours in unbelievable pain. I never went out at weekends, had to rest so I could make it to work. Couldn't go out anywhere and enjoy it because all I could feel was the pain even with strong medications. Lost some friends as well.

    As you are young I think you should heal but be really careful with twisting, I wish I had been soft braced but was also covered with scars, busted my ankle and had cracked ribs. I stupidly didn't have my leathers on as it was a really hot day.

    Take it really easy and remember PAIN IS YOUR ENEMY so don't do anything to aggravate it. My advice is to be careful especially at first, I was flat on my back for around 5 months, lucky I hadn't taken any time off before that. But I would never work through my pain and brave it out, if I had my time over again. Lastly please read the Intractable Pain Manual on this site. Wish I had read it years ago, it has the best advice and tells you what you might be up against.

    Take care.
  • Mine started out as a "wedge"(compression fracture), but because I was mis-diagnosed with a "back sprain" and told to do exercises, my Orthopedic Surgeon said that made it break all the way across. I MADE them give me an MRI/STIR, and basically, until I was properly diagnosed, he said my back has been broken for at least 4-5 months, yet I didnt know it and inadvertantly made it worse by doing the "exercises" for a "back sprain" I supposedly had. I will go back to my Ortho in 5 days, most likley go through Kyphoplasy( surgery). Extreme pain and refuse to take the pain meds theyprescribe....wierds my mind but does nothing for the pain. I cant wait. I have no osteo or degen. disease, in perfect health and strong. Mine is due to injury,..lifting too much weight, from the waist up, hence, the thoracic region.
  • mollandraymmollandray Posts: 1
    edited 06/18/2013 - 9:36 PM
    I had a car accident in 1998 was taken to the hospital told them i had really bad pain in my back they Xrayed me told me it was bruising i couldnt move the pain was so bad 5 weeks later i wnt to my GP told him i could hardly walk and in so much pain he sent me for some more Xrays and he told me i had 2 wedge fracture then i was refered to physio and a back doctor they both told me i should of been put in traction at hospital and is now too late ... so 15 years on im still in a lot of pain with limited movement and nothing i can do about it
  • I was in a bad car accident 5 years ago. I had a three bracket break on my t8. After being in the hospital for a week, they let me go home with a back brace on. The back brace was on for 3 months and then they said I could begin to take it off when I felt ready. I was 20 years old and in good shape prior to my accident so I healed pretty quick, so I thought. The last five years, has been nothing but constant discomfort. It's not so much pain, but a constant "off "feeling...it's really annoying and hard to explain to others. The reason I joined this site today is because recently i've been having numbness in my feet and caves and in my arms and forearms. Back injuries are the worst and I don't wish them on anyone. I never thought I'd be in this boat..but who does? People say I was lucky to be alive, but honestly lucky is the last thing I feel I am...it's been a constant struggle for me since my accident and I feel very unlucky to have to live my life in constant discomfort. it's good to hear other stories and know i'm not alone..But i wish there was more things they could do to cure injuries such as ares because they are the hard to live with.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 02/04/2014 - 10:18 PM
    Just to update I was finally diagnosed correctly with my wedge fracture after 8 years if incessent horrific pain. My physio felt my spine and realised it was not the T5 80% wedge fracture that was giving me the pain. My T5 was crushed to the right, not the front, therefore the one above (my T4) had nothing to hold it in place and was continually slipping out to the right. My t4 was slipping onto my spinal cord and nerves - the pain was unbelievable.

    Hope this helps someone else = my injury was not textbook and the treatment is not textbook. When she put my T4 back into the correct mechanical place it was instant pain relief. She is a sports physio and tapes it and my shoulder into the correct mechanical place as it has been out for so long my muscles try to spasm it back out again. This is working for me.

    One interesting thing was that my extensive shoulder damage was not picked up on an MRI until it was taped into the correct position. The specialist still did not pick up my vertebrae was crushed to the right side and then thought all the pain was from my shouder. It wasn't shoulder pain - I could not even feel my damaged shoulder as the spine pain was so intense. I do not understand why they didn't realise it was crushed to the side from the myriad of tests, MRI's, xcans, xrays and specialists.

    I was not braced which I should have been. If you are early on try to get braced as one specialist who still did not realise it was crushed to the side said if I had been braced from the start my vertebrae would have healed in a better position.
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