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Posted in: Kyphosis, and Spinal fractures.

Active fracture in T7 after 15 months

Started by ruffian70 on 02/25/2011 9:33am

Nov. 09 broke pelvis and compression fx of T7, when a horse fell on me. On crutches and back brace for 6 mon. Told Dr. about pain in back, prescribed more pills, had an x-ray which he said saw something and ordered CT scan, now have kyphosis from the impact, but nothing else said except reffered me to Chiro, which was very painfull. I saw ortho again and asked if injections would help, he then referred me to specialist because he doesn't do Thorasic. Now the specialist does an x-ray and says it it still fractured due to where it sits with the Kyphosis. Said it's to late to due anything and if referred much earlier could have fixed with suregery. I will go in next week , be put under sedation and have my back injected to help with the pain. I have kids and would like to lead an active lifestyle, is there anything else that can be done?

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I believe you need to see a spine surgeon as there are surgical remedies for this kind of kyphosis. I think a kyphoplasty is one of them.

I would Keep seeing your doctor until you find a doctor that only works on the spine.,
There is hope and it's always better to treat before the kyphosis gets worse,

I know a lot of people that have been told there is nothing that can be done but it always comes back as they could have been treated had they seen a proper surgical spinal doctor.
It seems that a lot of people are turned away from orthopedic surgeons because they do not specialize in spinal conditions.

Go for 2nd, 3rd and 4th opinions if need be, Dont allow them to control what could have been.,
Good luck.


I see it has been a long time since you posted, but I also had a t7 fracture after being injured in a tornado. I was told that the fracture was 'nondisplaced' and would heal on its own. About 3 months after the accident, I began getting an 'electrical impulse' sensation throughout my torso whenever I looked down. An MRI showed that the fracture had gotten much worse, such that that my spine was collapsing forward (kyphosis) and compressing my spinal cord. I had to have surgery within 3 weeks of this discovery. I can't imagine it would be too late for you. My surgery was very serious and took 12 hours, but I am no longer in danger of paralysis, and I am doing well after 5 months. My surgeon specialized in thoracic spinal surgery.