Originally Posted by Padmei
Hi Steve. I admire your positive attitude dealing with this injury - I guess it could have been worse but I'm glad it wasn't.
OK so I'm no doctor but one of those vertebrae looks thinner - compressed(?)- than the others. What is the most positive outcome from it? Will it mend but still be thinner or will it decompress over time. What causes the pain? has the disc been pushed out & putting pressure on the sciatic nerve - There seems to be a healthy gap where the disc is so that must be a good thing.
If you were over here I'd have a go at pulling your spine bits out, giving them a clean, lube (non moly of course) & reassemble. If I gave the broken bits a lite grind I reckon some of my welding would hold back together quite well. Actually just give me a call when you are coming over & I'll shift some stuff from the workbench.
All I can say is that I'm thankful I'm not on Nelson then.
I've put up the front view of the spine as well. Yes, the vertebrae is compressed & fractured. The compression puts pressure on nerves as they exit the spinal column, resulting in pain & altered sensation. Potentially, I'll be shorter than I was.
I don't know the answers to your questions. I think of this as an over extension injury. I'm guessing the weakness in the back / legs is in part due to torn muscle / ligament. My orthopaedic surgeon is confident that things will heal with no intervention (except needing to wear the brace), & no longer term issues.