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T7 Compression Fracture from Accident

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:35 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
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!


  • sounds like someone was watching you to have such minor injuries. i remember reading some earlier posts by individuals with fractures like yours. the fact that the vertebrae is collapsing further is not a good trend. the first dr didnt know it would further collapse. i would think the surgeon wants to prevent further damage which would cause loss of disk height and increased pain. the balloon khypoplasty is not that invasive a procedure and if its recommended may be an easy solution. if you arent sure then why not get another opinion or even go back to first dr with the news that things have worsened.
    i wish you good luck and keep us informed as you formulate your decision.....pete
  • Sorry to hear about your accident. I have a litte experience it this. I was involved in a motorcycle crash in 1996 when I was in the Navy. I ran into a tree apparently. Ended up shattering my skull, breaking my hip, and T6 (traverse process) and T7 (compression). I did not have surgery on the back fractures, although I did go through about 6-8 months of PT. I have been out of the Navy now for about 10 years and receive treatment from the VA (which in my opinion is a waste of my time). Anyway, I wish I could tell you I have made a full recovery, but that isn't the case. I get to be reminded every day of my motorcycle crash, as my back is always pissed off, right there between the shoulder blades. The biggest thing I have noticed is (and you will probably experience this as well) the muscles will tighten up around a fracture. Being in the thoracic area, it is difficult to stretch those muscles out, so there are always knots in the muscles in that area. PT did a great job getting rid of them, but they come back easily, especially wiht cold weather.

    Anyway, sorry for the rambling. Like I said, I wish I had some good suggestions on this but I don't. Just stick with the PT religiously. Hang in there! When my back starts giving me fits, I just tell myself I would rather complain about my back than blisters on my hands from pushing a wheelchair. Know what I mean?

    Good luck.
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  • Hello .I had an accident 2mounth ago too.and had compression fracture T7,T8 .doc just said me to wear a brace for 3 mounth .Im really sad because I'v been a TRX trainer and I think I would never do well as befor  :(((

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