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What does C-7 spinous process fracture mean?

Hi my name is Craig and i have had a fall 2 weeks ago and after blowing it of as getting old i went 2 days later to the emergecy room where they informed me that i had a C-7 spinous process fracture just wanting to know in laymans terms what this meansand how long for neck brace soican go back to work yours bored out of my mind Craig
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This is also known as a clay shoveler's fracture and it's the branch of the vertebra that projects directly backwards--the spinous processes are what one can feel as on runs one hand up and down someone's spine.

The fracture doesn't destabilize the spine and so it doesn't need surgical treatment. The brace needs to be worn for about a month
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