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Why climbing is safe. 7-Feb-2012 At 10:13:22 PM maadness
After damaging my finger tendon yet again (it was devastating hearing that pop pop pop sound from a finger that i thought had healed up) i have been riding the downhill/cross country tracks in my area to keep fit. So last w/end after riding for about 2+ hrs, i was going to head home but i thought i'd head down one more track that i haven't been down before. The first 2 jumps went well, then instead of going over a huge jump on the right i went over what looked like at the time just a small ramp on the left. So as i rolled over the ramp looking at the jump the right, i didn't realise that there was a hole/trench on the other next thing i know is i've headbutted the ground and am lying in a tangled mess with my bike on the ground. After moaning for about 10 minutes on the ground i managed to get back up and ride home (it was to painful to walk). So i got some x-rays done, and even though the report said everything was ok, my physio saw one break and got them to do another report. So now i have an L2 L3 L4 transverse process fracture in my vertebrae with a 10-12 week healing process.
So: Climbing Injuries: Ongoing tendon injuries in left middle finger.
Pushbike injuries: cut knee - 24 stitches. handle bar into upper inner leg (luckly not that high)- 14 stiches. and now 3 fractured vertebrae.

Conclusion: Climbing is much much safer than riding my pushie....well for me anyway.

But i'm interested if anybody else has had a transverse process fracture and how they have dealt with it, or have had any problems with it in climbing.

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