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I broke both of the facets and have compression fractures in the vertabra from a crash last weekend. I am in a back brace. I have a couple questions:

1. Is it really a 14 week healing period?

2. Will the vertabra be stronger than the original? i.e collarbone breaks

3. Does this break make me more susceptible to future breaks and possible paralysis?

4. What are the long term affects from this fracture?

5. Do I need to quit racing/riding?

thanks in advance

Mark

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1. Is it really a 14 week healing period?

NOT IN MY OPINION. ITS SHORTER THAN THAT

2. Will the vertabra be stronger than the original? i.e collarbone breaks

NO, OF COURSE NOT. IS ANYTHING EVER STRONGER THAN BEFORE IT BREAKS?

3. Does this break make me more susceptible to future breaks and possible paralysis? DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH COMPRESSION OF THE VERTEBRAL BODY IS PRESENT

4. What are the long term affects from this fracture? SEE ANSWER NUMBER THREE

5. Do I need to quit racing/riding SEE ANSWER NUMBER THREE

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Thank you Dr Mark for the reply. How does one measure the amount of compression? The Dr at some point told me I lost 1/2 inch of height, I was 6'2 1/2". How much compression is considered "bad" thanks again

Mark Laser

Fort Collins Colorado

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