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Phinney says follow-up shows spinal fracture

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Aug. 7, 2009
  • Updated Aug. 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM EDT
Phinney crashed in the fourth stage of the Cascade Classic

Photo: Bob Cullinan / PhotoSport International.

Taylor Phinney has reported that injuries he suffered in a crash during last month’s Cascade Classic were more serious than originally suspected.

Phinney, who was hospitalized after a crash in the fourth stage of the Oregon stage race, said that follow-up x-rays revealed a fracture of the dorsal surface of his C5 vertebra. Phinney was originally treated for a serious concussion.

“So…turns out I broke my dorsal spine of my C5 vertebra,” Phinney announced on his Twitter account. “Explains a lot. No Tour of Utah for me!”

Phinney’s father, Davis, said that Taylor had been experiencing dizziness and was not recovering from the concussion as quickly as expected.

“We were worried,” Davis Phinney told VeloNews. “We went to the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and Andy (Pruitt) spotted the crack right away. We’re just happy to have an answer at this point.

“It’s not something that will affect him long-term, but he will need some time to recover.”

A typical cervical vertebra

Photo: Gray’s anatomy

The dorsal section of the vertebra is the spinous extension of the bone that protects the spinal cord. A more serious injury to the body of the bone can result in permanent paralysis. Phinney’s injury reportedly was limited to the portion of the bone that does not serve a direct role in protection of the spinal cord.

Phinney had originally expected to spend four weeks recovering from the injury. That time might be extended, following his recent diagnosis.

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