My sympathies for him, Tracey! I managed to fracture 4 vertebrae when I was 16, and it apparently happened when I banged the top of my head on the upper section of the school locker next to mine. I had to wear a brace for several months, and went to a chiropractor twice weekly for about five years. Then I fell from a horse, and sustained fractures of three of the same vertebrae. I've had two bouts of absolute numbness in my left leg, one twenty years after the first accident, and another three years ago, with excruciating back pain. I was told that my three lowest discs have deteriorated (the lowest 3 or 4 vertebrae, respectively, were those fractured), and have been in PT ever since. Once your husband's fractures are healed, it's very important that he build up the surrounding muscles, and do the exercises at least 3 times a week.