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    I had a bike accident and suffered c-1 Jefferson burst fracture. It had broke in 4 places. I would like to know if anyone else has had this injury and if so what is recovery like. I have no spinal cord injury at all. Just looking to see what pain you have after. Any arthritis at all. Is the neck sore? Looking to see what my outcome could be. I did this June 22. In a halo now for the next 8 weeks.

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    You are extremely lucky that you did not suffer any cord damage, as at that level you would almost undoubtably be totally paralyzed and ventilator dependent. It is common for fractures like this to require at least 12 weeks of immobilization with a halo, so I suspect that the 8 weeks will not be sufficient. After that, if your Xrays are OK, you would normally be then placed in a softer collar such as a Philadelphia collar for another month or so, and required to wear it also for riding in vehicles for a longer period of time.

    Key points in good bone healing include no smoking or use of tobacco products, excellent nutrition (with an emphasis on proteins and calcium + vitamin D), and avoidance of NSAID medications.

    It is possible that you may end up with some limitations in range of motion for head rotation, and are at risk for developing some degenerative arthritis down the road. Only time will tell.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      I know am very lucky not have any other issues as a result of this injury. I am looking into the after effects it will have on me. My vertebrae will not helm back to the original position I have been told. It has spread out a little. My question is how will this effect me in the future. Will there be daily pain as a result? I thank the lord everyday that I can still walk and it did not turn out worse. Thanks for the input.

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      • #4
        Wow, you are incredibly lucky! Thank goodness. I'm sure you'll battle pain as most of us do. Best wishes & welcome.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by quad79 View Post
          Wow, you are incredibly lucky! Thank goodness. I'm sure you'll battle pain as most of us do. Best wishes & welcome.
          So what injury did you have. I am curious how functional I will be after the halo is off

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          • #6
            Hey. Pain is better than parylasis.
            Take real good care of yourself. You should be cautious of everything you do.

            Whatever you do treat your neck. Head. Shoulders like a thin sheet of crystal

            You do not want a sci.

            Eat your vitamins. Get your rest. Check out hyperbaric chamber

            That might help with the healing
            c5/c6 brown sequard asia d

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bisenhart View Post
              So what injury did you have. I am curious how functional I will be after the halo is off
              Always keep in mind, all injuries are different. It's hard to say what function you'll have. As sci nurse mentioned, you'll likely have range limitations with your neck from the fusion. People usually have pain around the area of the fusion, arthritis & muscular spasms. The important thing is you have no spinal cord damage, that's why I say you're lucky. I know one sci'er that has damage from c1-t? & functions as a c7(chest down, no hand function but arm function), another is left functioning @ c1-2(no movement from the neck down & on a ventilator). I'm sure the lack of no cord damage should leave you with very little impairment. As for me, my cord was injured so my recovery isn't really relative. I wish you well as you get the halo off!

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              • #8
                and he's gone
                c5/c6 brown sequard asia d

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                • #9
                  Wait, what?

                  No nsaids? I'm really confused. Can you elaborate KLD?
                  And the truth shall set you free.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, recent studies have found that NSAIDs interfere with bone healing and regular use should be avoided during the acute fracture healing time.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                      Yes, recent studies have found that NSAIDs interfere with bone healing and regular use should be avoided during the acute fracture healing time.

                      (KLD)
                      Ah. Chronics need not fear unless maybe healing from a break, gotcha.
                      And the truth shall set you free.

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                      • #12
                        Ya, when I had all my back surgeries with fusion my doc required me to stop NSAIDS for at least 6 months to a year after surgery to help aid the fusion. I got so used to not taking NSAIDS (4 surgeries in 3 years) that I still barely ever take Advil, I usually just use tylenol when needed.
                        ~Mandy~
                        SCI as a result of spinal surgery
                        TiLite Aero Z!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jerkens View Post
                          Hey. Pain is better than parylasis.
                          Take real good care of yourself. You should be cautious of everything you do.

                          Whatever you do treat your neck. Head. Shoulders like a thin sheet of crystal

                          You do not want a sci.

                          Eat your vitamins. Get your rest. Check out hyperbaric chamber

                          That might help with the healing
                          Jerkens. Sorry for not replying to your post sooner. I thought I had it set up to email me when I got a response but I guess it didn't work. I am now almost 6 months post injury. I am curious as to why I should treat my head neck shoulders like glass. Of my four fracture sites only one is non-union. According to my spine specialist I am at no more a risk than someone who has had no injury at all. Basically he says I am free to return to normal activities if I can. I plan to as soon as I can get back in better shape physically.

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