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    Old 12-05-2006, 06:09 AM   #1
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    Jiu Jitsu After Broken Neck

    In 2004, I broke my neck at C 3-4 and C 7. I had the 3-4 vertabrae fused and am now wanting to compete in Jiu Jitsu tournaments, again. Question is, how strong are the fused vertabrae after a fusion? Can I do any type of full contact sport again, or is this an activity best left alone?
    I'm willing to risk another fracture, but I'm not willing to give up my ability to walk and use the restroom by myself.

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    Old 12-05-2006, 01:48 PM   #2
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    Re: Jiu Jitsu After Broken Neck

    Hi, and welcome to the board. I had to go back and re-read your last statement because I couldn't believe you said you are willing to risk another fracture! OMG. Another fracture could mean paralysis. Is there any sport in t he world worth that chance?

    After a fusion, that area is never the same, never as strong, and sometimes leads to deterioration of the surrounding discs so any kind of contact sport like you are talking about should NOT be undertaken in my opinion. Have you called your doctor for his opinion?

    Most of us know the frustration of giving up doing things we love. For me, it was gardening and dancing....both cause intense pain. It took a while, but I finally learned my lesson and am not willing to have several days of severe pain. It's just too high a price to pay.

    I wish you luck and do hope you talk to your doctor before doing this.

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    Old 12-05-2006, 04:44 PM   #3
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    Re: Jiu Jitsu After Broken Neck

    Carol is spot on guy! You need to talk with your surgeon about your desire to return to this contact sport. Most of us have all had to give up many things we love, but many are worth giving up for being able to function.

    Personally, I thinking you would be playing roulette with very serious consequences should something go wrong.

    Good luck. Tammy
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    L5/S1 bulging @ 18, now 46; still there (but no pain)
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    A Success, but still improving!

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