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    I had a fall accident about 6 years ago that resulted in a fractured t6 and the hospital said it would just heal on its own and discharged me. recently an x-ray doctor told me my t-6 vertibre is 30% dissolved. he looked shocked and strongly reccomended me to a ortopedic dr for mri. i eat healthy and im 32 years old, im mostly looking for some kind of excersice that can strenghten my back to reduce pain and was wondering what people in my situation can expect. im just hoping excercise will do the trick

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    Did he use the term Charcot joint? We have seen this, but primarily when the person has a neurologic deficit (i.e., a spinal cord injury) and can develop this type pf "dissolving joint" below the level of their sensation/motion.

    Another possibility would be an infection in the bone.

    Either way, untreated this could cause you to compress or damage your spinal cord. You should actually be limiting your exercise and any extreme movements of your back (twisting, etc.) right now until your can get to a good orthopedic spine specialist to determine what has occurred, and if you will require spinal surgery (likely).

    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.