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19 Jul 2006

Stable Compression Fracture - T7
Hi,
On the 18th of June I sustained a "stable compression fracture" to my T7 vertebrae. More x-rays were taken yesterday (18th of July) and it was found that nothing had moved and no regression had taken place.
Can you PLEASE advise me on what kinds of exercises I can do in the gym? And for how long must I avoid these exercises? I take it any weight bearing exercise like Squats are out… what about shoulder press? Dead-lift? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Johann
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Johann,

Even though your compression fracture is "stable", I would not risk reinjuring the vertebrae at this point in time (4 weeks): the risks are far too great.

I understand that you must be frustrated and wish to continue activity as to not "lose" fitness and strength gains, but if you reinjure this bone you will be out for another 6-8 weeks and worse yet, run the risk of permenant paralysis if you injure the spinal nerve.

Wait until your doctor gives you the go ahead to begin exercise again and only do so when the fracture has completely healed (6-10 weeks). Then begin with light exercise (resistance exercises) to tolerance and build iup from there to your normal routine.

Be patient. Do not take any risks when it comes to your back.
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