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My sailing holiday (how to break your spine part II)

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I was reading the Scottish Medical Journal the other day (it’s new to me, and much recommended!) when I came across this article about spinal compression fractures sustained by people on jet-skis and motor boats while on holiday in Malta

Ways of breaking your spine seem to be a theme of mine, currently, on this blog! You might have seen my last post about pilots ejecting out of Lightning jets, getting the same type of injury.

Bottom line: if you get back pain after being on a jet-ski or speed-boat, you may have had a spinal compression fracture, so make sure that you have an X-Ray!

This journal article got me reminiscing about some of the sailing holidays that I had from Malta with my family, and the unpleasant medical problem that I had to endure (you’ll have to watch the video to find out what it was , it’s only 1 minute long (but the medical complaint seemed to go on for ever)…..

Ed is leaving us!….

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Tara is back from maternity leave at the beginning of June, so Ed is leaving us at the end of this month. Many thanks to him for all the care he has given the patients that he has been looking after. Ed is going to work with a chiropractor in Headington, Jon Howat. Good luck Ed, and thanks for helping us out during Tara’s maternity leave!
Tara will be doing the clinics on Wednesdays and Fridays. Andrew will be doing the clinics on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.


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Did you go to Abingdon airshow this weekend? We did, and had a great time. There was a scale model of a Lightning jet, like my Dad used to fly in the 1960s and 70s. These jets were pretty unreliable and pilots sometimes had to eject. This would frequently cause a spinal compression fracture. That’s pretty painful!
In the clinic we quite often see patients with back pain due to spinal compression fractures because their bones are weak, due to osteoporosis.
Spinal compression fractures are easily missed by clinicians, but there are a few clues to look out for. You’ll have to watch the video to find out what they are (it’s only 1 min).
Fortunately, my Dad never did have to eject from his Lightning. He was one of the lucky ones!

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