Two years ago friend of mine fell 28 ft. and injured his back. He has been in horrendous pain and is currently taking Tramadol and Neurontin. His dr. said he broke his back at the 2nd lumbar. Said it was out of normal alignment and gave this example...... if you sat 3 boxes on top of each other like the vertebra of your spine and pull out the middle box so its hanging over, that's what his spine looks like. Has anyone on the board had a similar injury. If so, what did you do or what would you recommend he do?
Last edited by jellybean3009; 01-27-2012 at 09:48 PM.
This may sound like a silly question, but is you friend under the care of a spine specialist? Sometimes in accident cases, the patient gets care at the ER and sometimes ends up with his PCP managing his case.
If he is seeing a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spine surgeon, what type of treatment is he receiving? Is he in a brace?
How many months ago was the accident and what was time at the time of injury?
He is seeing a orthopedic surgeon at a pain clinic every 3 months. Since he fell at work it's a workmans comp case so you can only imagine the type care he is receiving. Since he is unable to work now and is on disability his means are limited. No, he is not in a brace.
It sounds like the fracture healed without being in proper alignment. Has the doctor suggested any surgery to attempt to realign the vertebrae and to relieve nerve compression?
When the spine is naturally out of alignment when the patient has a condition such as a spondylolisthesis or a severe scoliosis, it is possible to surgically realign it using various types of hardware. Some severe scoliotic curves can be corrected through surgery.
I would think your friend's spine could also be realigned, but it would be a complicated surgery and would probably only reduce his pain, not take it all away.
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