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Old 10-18-2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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Broken Back T6 T7 & T8

My grandson of 8yrs fell from a tree and landed on his back fracturing T6 7 & 8 vertabrae. He has been turtle braced for 6 weeks but has now been told that only 1 vertabrae has partially healed and he must now stay in his brace for a further 6 to 8 weeks and then he may be put into a plaster cast. He has a slight curvature of his spine. He has behaved perfectly adhering to all advice and even stays in his wheelchair for journeys to school and while sitting at home.

I just need to know that there is hope for him as I feel so guilty as he was on holiday with me at the time and it is breaking my heart to think he could have problems for the rest of his life, but there is no advice out there to help.

 
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Re: Broken Back T6 T7 & T8

Welcome to the board. It is always horrible when someone so precious to you has an accident -- but accidents happen. It usually takes about 3 months for fractures like this to heal.

It sounds like your grandson is doing everything the doctor has instructed he do. Unfortunately, about all you can do is give his body time to heal.

But I would definitely stay on top of the situation, and be sure that he is being followed carefully. Listen to what your grandson has to say about how he is feeling, too. It is important to be sure there is no nerve involvement that may not have been noticed.

 
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: Broken Back T6 T7 & T8

Thank you so much for your response and I will take on board what you have said about listening to what Bailey is feeling , about his body. It is reassuring to know that this may just need.......time. :-)

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Re: Broken Back T6 T7 & T8

Please know that most things pertaining to the back, be it bone growth, nerve regeneration or healing, etc. just seem to take forever to heal -- much longer than any of us think it will take. I personally haven't had a spinal fracture, but when you have a fusion, it takes a year for the bone to grow in and then set and harden.

I hope some other member who has had a fracture will add his or her experiences!

You mention he has a slight curvature of the spine. Did he have this prior to the fall?

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Old 10-20-2011, 09:37 AM   #5
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Re: Broken Back T6 T7 & T8

Not to any ones knowledge and he has always been extremely active. I think it has been assumed that the curve is due to the fall.

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