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    Old 09-12-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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    football and weight lifting after fractured l4 and l5

    hey im 16 and ive had back problems since i was in like 5th grade. i would go get cracked at the chiropractor once in a while when it got bad. every season in sports i would have around a 2 week span where the pain would be so bad i couldnt practice or play. after the 2 weeks i was good to go for a while. this summer during baseball it just wouldnt get better so i finally went to the dr and they said i fractured my l4 and l5 vertebrae. they also said one of them was critical and happened around 4 years ago, i never knew though and played through it. they said they're gonna give me a brace for 3 months and see how it looks and if it doesnt heal i would need surgery. i dont know what kind of surgery it is but if you're helping me with this i assume you would know. they also gave me a spinalogic back stimulator to make it heal faster. so i went back today and after almost 3 months the dr said it hasnt healed much and said to try the brace for another 8 weeks and see how that works. what im wondering is if ill still be able to play football and do my squats, cleans, and bench presses in the weight room if worse comes to worst and i do end up needing surgery. also if you'd have any idea how long until i'd be ready to go after the procedure. im kind of scared because sports are a big part of my life so any help would be appreciated. thanks

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    Old 09-12-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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    Re: football and weight lifting after fractured l4 and l5

    Welcome to the board. I'm sorry you are having so many issues in your teens. Are you being treated by a spine specialist or what type of doctor is treating you? Do they know how you fractured your vertebrae?

     
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    Re: football and weight lifting after fractured l4 and l5

    yea its a specialist and i dont think i told him how.

     
    Old 09-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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    Re: football and weight lifting after fractured l4 and l5

    If by specialist, do you mean spine surgeon? I'm thinking that's the case as you have been prescribed a back brace to wear, but it would be great if you could confirm this.

    So 16 and you have a major injury. It's very unfortunate this has happened, but what is important now is that you get yourself back to a point where you can enjoy your life long term, and by long term I'm talking way beyond high school or college. You have a very long life ahead of you, and the choices you make now will impact your level of pain and what you're able to do or not do as the time goes by.

    I remember well being 16 years old, and at the time I only knew my life in school and I couldn't even imagine what life was all about once on my own. Please realize that playing football is something that's only there while you're in high school or college, and rarely beyond that. Now that you have a serious spine injury, your spine is weakened and is subject to further injury. Is playing football in high school or possibly college worth risking being able to be active for the rest of your life?

    I have a friend who was a great football player in high school, and he got a college scholarship for it. During his sophmore year he incurred a major back injury playing football for the college. Do you know what happened then? The college took him off the football team, and his scholarship ended immediately. He and several of his friends on the team who were also injured got put to the side and never thought of again. He received no compensation for his injury and was left with major medical bills he couldn't pay. He now has serious lifelong back problems he's coping with.

    I can tell how much you love the sports of football and weight lifting, and this must be terrifying for you to deal with. What I would suggest to you is to see if you could find other sports you love equally that could keep you active but would have a much lower risk to you reinjuring your back. Cycling, swimming, low weight body weight work, soccor, some track & field events (but running is higher impact), roller blading, water polo or other water sports, etc.

    You only have one back and one life. This is something to talk to your doctor in detail about. Tell your doctor how you injured yourself, and get your doctor's opinion about whether you can return to football or weight lifting or other sports, either soon or ever.

    I wish you the best as you go forward!

     
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