Bradley Walsh is a veteran game show host, having hosted hit shows such as Cash Strapped and The Chase. His various misadventures in Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad – a series which saw the comedian and his son Barney travel across the United States – provided plenty of comedy and heart to hearts. The show also had its dark moments – one particular escapade shocked Bradley to the core.
Bradley ended up in hospital after riding a bull at a rodeo show.
Bradley came off and hit the floor “like a sack of potatoes” and broke his back in three places, he revealed on the Jonathan Ross Show.
“Two days after – I promised his mum I’d look after him on the tour – I’m trying to climb an ice mountain,” he said.
“When you get to our age JR [he says to Jonathan], all of a sudden the thoughts of your mortality really come home and I now realise that this time last year I might have come out of hospital not being able to walk. So consequently, you’ve got to be… life’s precious Barney, isn’t it?”
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“You may also feel faint, dizzy or sick as a result of the shock of breaking a bone,” adds the NHS.
How to treat a broken back
If you break a bone, it will need to be held in place while it heals.
“This can be done using a splint, sling, brace or cast,” explains Bupa.
“But sometimes a broken bone will need to be fixed with surgery, using metal plates, rods, wires, screws or pins.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, you must apply pressure to the wound with a sterile bandage, a clean cloth or a clean piece of clothing to stop bleeding.
“Don’t try to realign the bone or push a bone that’s sticking out back in,” advises the health body.
The health body adds: “If you’ve been trained in how to splint and professional help isn’t readily available, apply a splint to the area above and below the fracture sites.”
As it explains, padding the splints can help reduce discomfort.