• Compression fractures of the vertebrae during a "bumpy" boat ride.

      Chukwunyerenwa, C K; O'Rourke, P; Orthopaedic Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal,, Republic of Ireland. Chukwunyerenwa@yahoo.com (2012-01-31)
      INTRODUCTION: Compression fracture of the vertebrae is common, often the result of falls from height and motor vehicle accidents in the younger age groups. It can occur following minor trauma in the elderly and in those with osteoporosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present an interesting case of compression fracture of the vertebral bodies occurring simultaneously in a couple during a boat ride while on holiday. One individual had fracture of the T8, while the other fractured the L1 vertebrae. Both injuries were treated conservatively with Taylor braces. CONCLUSION: We highlight one of the potential hazards of this recreational activity, and the almost identical fracture pattern in this couple.