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?”
“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.