This 16 year old boy suffered a broken spine about two to two and a half years ago. He has been continuously complaining of back pain that has been relatively ignored by two other spine specialists. He has received physical therapy and bracing without much help. The pain became so severe, that he had to be home schooled due to the severe pain with sitting long term.
Now three months after surgery, his is back to school, pain free, and is living a normal life again.
After extensive workup, he had a "Chance Fracture." This is a broken bone associated with a torn ligament his back. These ligaments, unfortunately, do not heal, even with bracing. Most Chance Fracture's require surgery, and this case, although, not diagnosed for two years, is no different.