Injury: Landed upside down on a mountain bike, at moderate speed. Poorly taken X-Ray (of neck only) showed nothing. Two weeks later, when I feel like I am having a bit of trouble swallowing, I end up at an ENT, and then inside an MRI machine and find out: minor compression fractures of 3 thoracic vertebra and minor fracture of larynx.
Doc says: literally (but we have a small language barrier), "No gymnastics, but anything else is OK." "No cycling-- but if you really want to go on a weekend tour tomorrow, you can, and you won't really damage yourself, but you might set back the healing by a bit... "but take it easy, and then don't bike for a bit after." Take a bunch of ibuprofen, and here's 10 days of Doxy so you don't get an infection in the epiglottis (it's inflamed).
I'm wondering if any of you have any experience with a similar injury (the vertebra)? My understanding is that by around 3 months post injury, I should be fine to engage in any activities I want. Bones were never "broken through," and never unstable. The weekend tour was fine (a bit sore by the end of the day), as was a 112 mile ride the following week. I've basically rested since.
I primarily ski off-piste, enjoy natural kickers, but don't usually find myself sending anything over 10 feet. Interestingly, ~ 1+ month post injury my back almost never hurts, but my neck is sometimes stiff in the morning.
So, how long did it take you to recover? And did you find it painful to ski at the 3 to 4 month mark?