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    Do you have any neurologic impairment as a result of your injury?

    Typically, if you are well nourished, it will take 3 months before your back is healed enough to start moving without the brace. Your physician should be monitoring your bone healing with periodic Xrays and be able to give you a more accurate estimate based on this.

    The pain is another thing. Some have long term back pain after an injury like yours. I assume from what you said that you did not have any surgical stabilization?

    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.


      I had trouble walkin in the begining. I was in ICU for 4 days and then they gave me the brace and expected me to walk. It was hard the first week or so to walk without getting dizzy. I can walk now but not for a very long time without pain. They told me I will only wear this brace for 6 weeks but it has been 3 and I cant tell any difference.


        T-12 Compression Fracture

        I fell on 11/6/06, I don't have the pain when I first injured my back but, the Vetebrae I injured has falled from 25% Compression to 90% Compression. I have pain from doing the smallest things. I went to pain management for awhile and I have been out of it since 10/31/08. My injury is a Workmen's Compensation so, I have a lifetime medical claim.

        I am heading back to pain management, my worker is working on that for me as we speak. I hate it but, I can't live with this pain all of the time. On my x-rays it still shows that I have a compression fracture. Do not let a doctor tell you the pain is going to totally go away because, at times, just doing house work about kills me. But, everyone is different.

        Good luck to all!


          I am also experiencing pain that rotates from my back (where the T-12 Compression is located) to my left front right under my rib cage and in my left breast when I have been doing to much.
          Last edited by kimberly1964; 4 Nov 2009, 1:02 PM. Reason: put in the wrong side


            Own experience


            Before sharing my story with this audience, I would like to say that I read numerous posts on this site and sympathize with what you are going through. I would like to wish everyone the best recovery possible. It sounds like my experience is not as bad as some of the other stories.

            I’m in my early 30’s and physically fit. I fell off a mountain bike in mid-June 2009. I was riding on a log which was 3 feet above the ground. The fall was at low speed but I fell head first (broke the helmet) and caused multiple fractures to my spine due to all my weight coming down.

            As a result of my fall, I was immobilized and admitted to the hospital shortly after.
            Right away, the doctors were able to identified 3 fractures to my spine. The bulk of the damages were to my T5 which loss approx 25-30% of its height.

            At first, the medical staff debated whether I should get surgery. After being fit with a Jewit brace, I started walking around the hospital with supervision. After 6 days in the hospital, I was sent home. For two months, I stayed with my parents. During that period, it was recommended to keep my physical activities to a minimum (no running/jumping, avoid lifting anything weigthing more than 5lbs). I was on pain medicine for the first three weeks. I was told to reduce my dosage as quickly as possible.

            Dealing with the pain and not knowing how much progress you can actually make on your own made the first month the worse.

            After two months, I saw my doctor (spine surgeon) and he told me that I could start moderate exercices such as stationary bike. At the same time, I started working half days at work. It was good to focus on something else and being around people again.

            A month later, I was able to remove the brace and I was told to focus on strengthening the back muscles and getting some of the rotation back. After four months, I saw my doctor for the last time. He told that the shape of my spine had not changed since the accident. I was a little surprised that he didn’t recommend physiotherapy.

            Since my health plan covers it, I decided to go for it anyway. I noticed that the exercices prescribed by my physio and massage therapists did help. At this point, I’m told that it’s mostly a question of building again some sort of bio-mechanic.

            I still have lingering pain but nothing to prevent me from doing my normal activities.
            When I wake up in the morning is the worse but the pain diminishes significantly in the first half hour. I still have some minor inconvenience sitting in various chairs (my head does not reach the headrest): movie theater seat, airplane are some examples.

            Although I’m nowhere close to where I was before my accident, I’m definitely back on my feet and hope to get better with some more training.


              I am 53 years old and was diagnosed with osteoporosis after I slipped in water at work and broke my left hip - which now sports three 4" screws.
              On November 17, 2009 I was feeding my chickens in the rain when I slipped in the mud and landed first on my butt and then on my back. In the process I heard what sounded like bubble wrap or pop corn popping and felt a horrible pain. I think the rain is the only thing that kept me from passing out.
              I managed to get myself into the house by crawling and walking, the whole time thinking I was going to pass out. The next thing I knew I was laying on my back in the hall of the house with my cell phone next to me. I called my husband who was an hour away and waited for him to get home. After about an hour he got me into the car and off to the emergency room. Because of the osteoporosis they took many, many xrays, but said that there were no breaks and no loose screws! (Yes, we got a big kick out of that!) They sent me home with pain meds and told me to follow up with a doctor.
              Because it was close to the holidays, I wasn't able to get in to see a doctor and I got very frustrated. I thought that if I rested and took the pain meds my back would quit hurting. I was having and continue to have lots of pain and back spasms and I don't sleep well at night.
              I was finally able to get in to see an Orthopedic Dr. 2 months after the fall. They did and MRI and found a T12 compression fracture with 15% loss of height at the superior endplate. They also found that my scoliosis, which I've had all my life, has gotten much worse (it looked terrible on the x-rays) and that I have a number of bulging discs and a leision on my left kidney!
              They sent me for a TSLO brace and gave me stronger meds. I wore the TSLO brace for about a week and it rubbed sores under my arms, on my ribs and under my breasts. It was extremely uncomfortable. I plan to take it back because it was so expensive. I bought a lumbar brace that I've been wearing to give me support, but I am still having a lot of pain. It has been suggested that I have a vertebroplasty (injection of some kind of cement into the compressed area). Has anyone had this done? If so, did it relieve your pain?
              I know I am lucky that I don't have nerve involvement, but I am so tired of hurting! Should I see a neurosurgeon before I have the procedure? Any suggestions/comments/etc. are welcomed.
              Last edited by ChickenMom; 25 Jan 2010, 6:39 PM.


                T12 Fracture

                Hi Guy
                Im a 61 year old male
                In December just before Xmas I was having a shower and slipped very heavily from under the shower mat and landed on my backside. I was in terrible pain and could not move. My Neigbour heard my cries for help and luckily my back door was open. He called an ambulace and was given some sort of gas to sedate me. Anway I was kept in Hospital for 3 day for Xrays. I was diagnosed as having a T12 wedge fracture of the vertebral and was told it was stable. I was place in a back brace and was told to rest for a while.The pain has been unbearable and my GP has prescribed Tamadol.This wasnt much helpmso was given Morphine based patches to stick on my body.These last for 72 hours and is a great help with my pain. Ive tried to stop taking these patches thinking the pain has now gone. The pain soon returned and back on the patches. Im seening my consultant for the first time in a couple of weeks. My problem I now got is not exercising and my legs are very weak now.Im alos afraid to go itnto my bath now and need assistance from my Sons home to shower. Can somebody tell me how long this pain will last and get walking again.Its now 3 months since my accident
                Thanks for reading and need some advice please
                Last edited by ray_uk; 5 Mar 2010, 1:37 PM. Reason: comments


                  I'm sorry, but I can't help but wonder - where did the ummm... object of your affections go while all this was going on?

                  I'm sure some with more useful advice will be along - but my thought is to wonder - are your legs just weak from lack of exercise, or is there any neurologic deficit related to your injury? If you are having weakness or any other symptoms (for example bowel or bladder difficulties) I would suggest phoning up your doctor immediately.


                    i fractured T12 falling off horse over 8 months ago i was told to go hoome and have a bath and take paravcetamol at a&e who werent sympathetic or careful of back pain as they shouuld that waas august and its april now and i have hip pain and lower back pain lower than injury.........what should i do ?


                      Hi helen, i strongly suggest you go see a doctor right away and demand x-rays and scans, the same thing happened to me about 4 months ago, i fell off my horse and went to hospital they wouldnt x-ray me and said it was just muscle damage, i went on riding a few weeks after and the pain never went away so i went to 3 more doctors before they would x-ray me and they found the t12 fracture, good luck.


                        compressed fracture of anterior T12

                        I factured my spine four weeks ago, according to the dr i have a compressed fracture in my anterior T12, i was given a back brace and told to stay in bed for three months only to stand or sit for ten minutes at a time, i am not due to see my consultant again for a few weeks and have a few questions id like to ask, I have been getting shooting pains up the left hand sise of my back and am wondering if this is just normal for my injury? I am also having lower back pain, as far as I know your T12 isnt that low down so is this normal to have pain there? and also is it ok for me to lye on my side or could this cause more damage??


                          Did you get a second opinion about the advisability of not having a surgical correction of your fracture, or of the type of bracing done? Do you have any loss of movement or sensation?

                          It is common to have significant back pain both initially and long-term after compression fractures of the back. This includes both the orthopedic bone pain, muscle spasm, and sometimes peripheral nerve compression.

                          You should not be sitting, but laying down only, and I would avoid standing at all. You can roll side to side in bed as long as you do so with your hips and shoulders staying in alignment (log rolling) wearing your brace.

                          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.


                            I am 23 and fell roller skating 3 weeks ago and have t 12 compression fracture. The ED I went to the night I fell did not catch it, until a radiologist looked at my x rays the next day. I found a Dr in the Spine Medicine Department at the hospital I work at. When I saw him I was worried about not being able to take deep breaths with out sharp pain shooting around my right side to the front of my body. The Dr gave me several pain meds, an anti inflammatory and a muscle relaxant. He told me to take the weekend off work and depending on how I felt I could go back Monday. I am an ICU nurse, working in a Cardiovascular ICU. I am on my feet all day or night and constantly having to reposition patients and so forth. I made sure he was aware of what I did. He told me that working was fine, just had to have extra help when it came to repositioning patients. I was told that activity was the best thing for me. He ordered follow up x rays and told me to come back in a month and we would discuss treatment options then such as PT, surgery if needed, further studies such as MRI of CT. No brace was perscribed. I went back to work a week after I fell. The night went ok but I was not surprisingly busy. The following week I was working day shift and after working 2 12 hour shifts back to back I was in pain. The next day I fell down my icy porch stairs and I felt like I was back to square 1. I have more recently been having a strong burning pain around the T 12 area and a sharp shooting pain starting in my lower back shooting down my right thigh. I called my Dr and told him about this new development. He told me burning was normal around the healing site and the shooting pain would not be related to the compression fracture because it was too low. He wanted me to do the repeat x rays that day and I have an appointment to see him tomorrow. Has anyone else not worn a brace or had burning pain around the fracture area? At this point I am wondering if I need a second opinion. I guess we will see what happens tomorrow.


                              Hammock helped posterior T12 compression fracture

                              Hi from Australia. I am writing this in the hope it will be of help to someone . My husband (a builder who should have known better but we won't go there) fell 5-6 metres from a ladder onto a compacted dirt/ gravel floor of a shed. After naughtily driving home and showering he figured he'd better get to hospital as his back was rather sore. It was then discovered he had a posterior compression fracture of his T12 but fortunately no additional damage (except to his pride I suspect). Anyway, after being on morphine then other strong pain killers for a few days he was given a brace and discharged from hospital, still in lots of pain.

                              What saved his sanity (and the family's) and almost totally removed his pain was the purchase of a HAMMOCK soon afterwards. He slept in it at night-time and spend most of the first few days after purchase in it, gradually spending more time out of it during the day and going back to lie in the hammock for maybe half an hour every 2 hours, then every 3 hours, etc until he was just sleeping in it after a few weeks.

                              His pain went from barely tolerable (had to take medication which says a lot because as a builder he has sustained a lot of injuries and has a high pain threshold) to almost nothing-just discomfort-as soon as he lay in the hammock! He didn't use the brace as didn't need it.

                              Because he had a posterior fracture, his back was curving in the hammock just the right way to take nearly all the pressure off the fracture, which normal lying down and walking didn't do. I presume that an anterior fracture would obtain some relief lying in a hammock on the abdomen.

                              Anyway, after two or three months of gradual decreasing use of the hammock he had no pain at all in his spine when up and about but he still slept in it occasionally just to make sure things were healing well. We also prayed a lot. At his final check up around 4.5 months the doctor was amazed at how the fracture had healed-apparently they had been considering surgery initially yet it healed with almost no visible compression and he has had no trouble at all with his back ever since-now just gone 2 years-and he lifts/ moves a lot of heavy things.

                              I realise that using a hammock may not fix everyone but I hope this information is of use to someone in pain as I couldn't find any information re. hammock use and spinal fractures when I looked.


                                T12 compression fracture..

                                I got bucked off my old horse 3 weeks ago.. I had an MRI and it shows a compression fracture at T12..My x rays showed only subluxation of L4 onto L5.I had some pain in my left leg and thigh but that has gone only in my hip area.....I was told by my GP to take it easy ..I will see a neurosurgeon March 7th...Any thing else I should do for this fracture..I have been taking daily walks to keep my self in shape...