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Broken bones, swelling from hips till feet. Checked for hematoma. Healing?

I was recently involved in a low speed mva I was on the motorcycle . scans x rays and ultra sound revealed L3 L4 L5 processes all broken I have massive swelling from top of my buttocks to app L1 area and from hip to hip checked for hematoma all good no drain required my question how long would I expect this swelling to remain. I have minor pain, mainly discomfort. I am still currently in a TLSO brace.
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

All the findings in the description are not of any serious nature and can be effectively managed conservatively.

The average time required for the healing of the broken spinous/transverse processes is around 8-10 weeks. In the meantime you have to
* use the brace
* avoid lifting weights
* restrict forward bending
* ice packs to alleviate the pain
* once the acute pain subsides, moist heat to relax the muscles
* after about 4 weeks, physiotherapy of back muscles

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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