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Posted : March 13, 2008
hi there,
I have recently fractured my L-3 vertebrae in a horse riding accident and was wondering if this would affect my ability to learn to dive in the future? The fracture is thought to be stable. I was hoping to dive by the summer, but am not sure if my injury will mean i am uninsured to do so? If that is the case do you know how long it might be before it is safe to learn?
Any advise would be really gratefully received

Posted : March 14, 2008
Hi Shelley. Fractures like this take quite a while to heal and full strength is rarely achieved before 3 months. If your movement is unaffected and you have no neurological symptoms (eg. pins and needles) then you will be able to dive. It's just a question of how long it takes before you're back to normal - but it's always summer in some part of the world!

Dr O
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Dr Ollie Firth
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Posted : March 14, 2008 by - shelleyb
Thats really helpful. I am due to see a spinal specialist in the next month or so and so I will of course check with him as well before I book anything, but it's good to know that it won't stop me forever, but perhaps just until I am stronger again.
Many thanks

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