Mayor Gordon back after injury, shows off back brace

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Mayor is back, but still in pain

PHOENIX -- UPDATE: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon held a press conference on his recent back injury Friday morning.

The Mayor said that he is back on the job as of the press conference, but is "moving slower" due to the injury.

Gordon sported his back brace during the presser, which wrapped around the bottom of his torso and the top of his hips.

He said that medicine is helping subside the pain from the injury.

Gordon said that it was someone from his staff that forced him to go to the hospital emergency room on Tuesday. The Mayor had reported to work but complained of back pain.

During his examination doctors told the Mayor that he had fractured the third vertebrae from the bottom.

Hear from the Mayor himself -


Spokesman Scott Phelleps confirmed that Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is recovering from a broken vertebrae.

The injury occurred while Gordon was tending to yard work at his house.

The mayor had climbed up a tree to clear broken limbs and storm debris from the tree this past weekend. He fell out of the tree, falling approximately 13 feet.

The mayor went to work Tuesday morning, but went to a doctor after complaining of pain.

Doctors have fitted Gordon with a back brace and he is expected to return to work this week, possibly even Wednesday.

Gordon fractured the third vertebrae in his back.