My little man got the OK from his ortho to resume normal activities. His compression fracture did not further compress which means it's healing as it should. We go back in 5 months to make sure the bone is 'reconstituting' as it should.
The complete healing process can take 6-12 months for a compression fracture of the vertebrae. Who knew? Thankfully he did this when he was 5 and not 25. It would have been a whole 'nother story otherwise.
He also said that as an 'aging athlete' it will take me longer to heal than it would have 20 years ago so don't push it and try to run before it heals or I'll be in much worse shape than I am now- like surgery.
He and his wife are triathletes and he believes a late September sprint tri is completely possible. Happiness. Now to find a pool to run in...