Sunday night my brother was swimming with his friends and jumped off the neighborhood bridge into the Creek. He landed on rocks and ended up with a compression fracture of the lower back, and a fractured iliac wing (pelvis).
He has been seen by a neurosurgeon, orthopedic doctor, and trauma team. The neurosurgeon advised he has no nerve damage (Thank god) and he is not paralyzed. The Orthopedic team advised it wasn't a fractured disk (ex: T2, L7) it was the actual back bone.
The Orthopedic doctor advised he is not allowed to stand up/walk without a brace, which he has been fitted for. The doctor also advised he could be disabled for up to a year, may need physical therapy and will be on bed rest for some time. Worst off he canít tell us how long recovery will really take.
Has anyone out there been through this, or know someone who has? If so, how long did it take to recover? My brother is only 21 and has a long life ahead of him. My mother is praying this isnít something he will struggle with for the rest of his life. Any advice would be appreciated.