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post #1 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Broken neck

Had a bad fall from my horse two weeks ago. Fractured and dislocated C4/C5. Surgery was successful with no loss of function. Dr's say not to ride again - don't thing that's going to happen. Any success stories of comebacks from injuries of this type and suggestions for protective riding gear would be very appreciated. Thanks

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 12:39 AM
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Yikes. Sorry to hear about your injury.
Listen to the doctors for the most part. I have had a few friends who have successfully come out of various back injuries, and as long as they were smart about it they didn't have too many problems.
Heal up fast!


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Thank God you are doing well! I have had some (not as severe as yours) traumatic events on horseback, two this year alone..
So, the 1st thing I would have to advise (within my conscience and common sense, anyway)to follow your Physicians advice..
Having said that, and I am NO Physician either, here's what I can add..
IF NO-ONE can TALK YOU OUT OF IT, period, then obviously safety in all forms is in order here.
You should NOT ride AT ALL for quite a while longer...your healing process isn't near finished...
Next, when you INSIST you must get back,A safe horse (may not be yours for now) is a MUST..A Controlled environment (indoor ring, or well cared for and fenced-in outside ring/area) Walking gaits only for a while (any trotting will be a very bad idea) and ride with visual and audible supervision (better known as a friend with a cell-phone!)
Safety equipment? Certainly a C-COLLAR (cervical restraint collar..you know what that is for sure) A HELMET also..
DO NOT GROUND MOUNT, or MOUNT WITHOUT ASSISTANCE...too risky right now
I cannot condone risking another injury
, one that may be FAR worse than you have now, but I know I would be tempted eventually...1st give yourself time to heal a bit more eh?
IF YOU MUST RIDE...pad your odds at all costs!

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oh my im sorry !
I hope you get better, healing thoughts your way !

Did he say how long you are out of the saddle for ? Hopefully its not permanent.. maybe he meant only temporary ?
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 02:34 AM
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wait, do they mean never to ride again? Please do clarify..
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 06:04 AM
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Nick Skelton broke his neck a few years ago and is not only back riding, he's back competing at International level, very successfully!

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post #7 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 06:49 AM
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When I was in my early 30's I was in a car accident and had 2 compressed fractured vertebra in the T region (over 30 years ago so I don't remember which exactly). No surgery but I had to wear a brace and be very cautious for the next 6 months. My doctor said the same thing but 1 year latter, I bought a motorcycle and a horse - still ride both. Currently, and for the past 15 years, I've ridden with 2 herniated discs that act up every now and then.

That's me - that may not be you. I did a lot of exercises and stregthened my back muscles. What I did was to tell my Dr what I was planning and ask what to do to accomplish it - it worked for me but your case may be very different.

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post #8 of 16 Old 11-07-2009, 08:03 AM
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I did a lot of exercises and stregthened my back muscles. What I did was to tell my Dr what I was planning and ask what to do to accomplish it...
This is key, and you may want to talk with a doctor specializing in sports medicine. They are familiar with the regiment necessary to successfully come back from injuries like this.

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Thank you!
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I broke the lower part of my back this time last year and I am only really allowed back in the saddle now. You are very lucky that you still have full function. I have decided that riding is no longer for me as I got out of the last accident really luckily, so im going to start driving, but I would advice if you go back riding a very good back protector with sleeves and there are new ones out there that blow up when you fall. But I would take a year off to let your back heal fully
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