Wow...not a huge one either. Scary to think a "small" jump can go so big wrong.
Tell you what though, there are comments in the thread about "only" a herniated disc. From experience, I would rather have a fractured vertebrae than a herniated disc. I have a herniated L4-L5. No cure, doesn't ever get better. My back hurts every day. Dawn to dawn, including when I sleep. Advil helps, lortab is better, don't let it limit me other than being scared to jump much more than a little.
Friend of mine broke his back, X-ray looks a LOT like yours. He was in a clamshell for 4 months, rehab a couple months after that, and he's all better. 100%.
This may sound odd, but be happy it's a broken bone! The only hard part will be getting strength back in time for next season.
Get well soon!
Don't ever wish for a spinal fracture in place of a herniated disc.
Spinal fractures above the Lumbar carry a huge risk of paralysis. Herniated discs can cause paralysis, but it's rare.
Pain is treatable, paralysis isn't.
I don't want either, but forced to choose between the two, I wouldn't gamble with a fracture (especially Sabatoa's burst type) in the C or T regions. I'll take the lumbar hernia.
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