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flexion teardrop C3 fracture and then some

Hi Everyone,

Two weeks ago I injured myself diving to catch my son from falling off the couch and hit my head on a beam. 

My head hit the beam at just the right angle to cause all sorts of issues in my neck - a flexion teardrop fracture on my C3 vertebrae, torn ligaments and various damage from C2-C5.

I ended up in the hospital a few hours after the injury, stabilized with a collar then C2-C5 fusion surgery the next day. I was very lucky to not have any neuro issues. The surgery went well and I was released from hospital after a couple of days.

I'm following all of the instructions from my surgeon and his team and landed here as I was looking for others online that have been through similar experiences. 

Here's a bit on where I'm at with recovery:

Staples are out. Next appt in 4 more weeks for xray and meeting with surgeon.
Walking around 2 miles a day. (official physical therapy will start 2 weeks from now)
I'm working 2-4 hours a day when I can - some from bed, couch, maybe 1 hour at the desk.
I'm currently researching ideas for better ergonomics with sleeping, sitting, working, etc.  adjustable beds, recliners, office chairs, etc. 

As I've been reading through the site I've found some really interesting threads on all of this and just wanted to say thanks for sharing. If anyone has any specific threads I should not miss, please share links. 




  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 917

    I've had fusions in my cervical area, including a fusion at C3/C4, but not the torn ligaments you had.  Torn ligaments and tendons often take very long to heal because of the limited blood supply to them.  I hope you can find someone on the site that has had similar torn ligaments cervical injury, but I expect those cases are very limited.  I do wish you a healing recovery.

  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,206
    edited 07/18/2019 - 2:53 PM


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    I am glad that you seem to be doing so well after such a serious injury and have no permanent issues

    I had C4-C7 fusion surgery, but did not have any tendon or ligament issues, once you start physical therapy, your therapist should be able to help you with that.

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  • Ginfizz

       Good to hear your doing so well after your surgery

       Like nutcase and challenger I too have had my fair share of cervical neck surgeries.  3 so far in total . 2 were anterior and 1 was posterior.  I am fused from c4-7.  Unfortunately I'm inline for yet another soon. It will be to extend it both above and below so once that's done I'll be fused c3-t1. 

      But again this is about you and your recovery which seems from what your saying is doing very well. Please continue to update us on how your doing.  :)

  • So glad to hear you are doing well! I fell down some stairs at the end of June, and have a teardrop flexion fracture in C5. Somehow I had very little ligamentous damage. Currently stabilized w/o surgery, but check ins every two weeks to see if it is healing - fingers crossed!

    Hang in there! I'm not sure where you are, but I'm in NYC and it is HOT here. I've been using MonkeyButt powder (I KNOW) in the mornings when I change my collar to help stop the friction, and it is working! I also sometimes put silk-like scarves in between the collar and my chest at night - bought a bulk pack on Amazon...

    Question - is your hair like SO SORE? My head hurts so much where the collar is in the back and I don't know what to do!

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