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miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
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I have hurt my lower back (again) 3 days before we're off to Scotland MTBing. I have had problems with my back for years and last night I picked something up awkwardly and it went. Sitting down is ok but walking is really painful (and i'm walking in a very strange way :? ).

I have an appointment with the chiropractor tomorrow, but is there anything else I can be doing apart from shovelling ibruprofen? Cancelling Scotland isn't an option as we have booked hotels etc, and i'm not going all that way and not MTBing. So it's a case of damage limitation rather than not going!

Thanks :D
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  • deep heat and bananas. :lol:.

    Don't ask me why bananas, just always been recommended to eat loads of them for cramp/muscle strains in rugby!

    Deep heat massage from the OH!
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Fair enough - i'll give that a go! Thanks :D
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  • JustdoitJustdoit Posts: 4
    I have the same problems as you and I use a tense machine. Pregnant women use them for the same reason they are brilliant. £15 in Boots
  • Also, try some very light stretching as the pain resides... otherwise you'll end up very stiff when you get to riding :(
  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    Try an osteopath instead of a chiro, maybe?

    It was actually an osteo that worked out my problem was in my pelvis, not my back.

    You should be much recovered in 3 days if it is just your back, though :)
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  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    I wouldn't have thought cycling will do your back any good at all, but only you know how painful it is so you have to judge it yourself. I suffered for a good few years but have been relatively problem free for a while now (touching wood), I was told that standing or lying down were best for recovery and that sitting was to be avoided.

    If you can bear the pain (you are a woman so you should be ok!), dose up and take it, otherwise looks like you'll be spending the weekend on your back, and not in a good way.

    censored timing, hope you recover quickly.
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Thanks guys :D

    Yup, not riding isn't an option so it's a case of making it as good as I can... Bananas, deep heat, and ibruprofen then!

    Ditch Witch - yep, my chiro is very good and mine is actually a pelvis problem too (it twists around, last year trapping my sciatic nerve meaning that I had no muscle strength in one leg. Somehow I still rode though 8) )
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  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    Ooo, are you double jointed? That's why it happens to me. The sciatic thing happened to me too, after riding at Betsy-y-Coed a few years ago. Unbelievable agony.

    You have my sympathies :(
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Ooo, are you double jointed? That's why it happens to me. The sciatic thing happened to me too, after riding at Betsy-y-Coed a few years ago. Unbelievable agony.

    You have my sympathies :(

    Bizarrely, pretty much yes (I could do the splits up until my 20's :shock: )!

    Bloody agony isn't it. Saw the chiropractor this morning and - whilst it still hurts - she thinks it's actually looking ok so looks like MTBing is on! I'll dose up and give it a go and see what happens.... :D

    One thing that may help you - my chiro said I should take up pilates asap. I'll keep doing the mental stuff (MTBing, motorsport etc) but also start this to build up my core strength. Apparently there's less chance of your back suddenly 'going' if you do this.

    Hope you're back stays ok!
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  • passoutpassout Posts: 4,609
    bigbenj_08 wrote:
    deep heat and bananas. :lol:.

    Don't ask me why bananas, just always been recommended to eat loads of them for cramp/muscle strains in rugby!

    Deep heat massage from the OH!

    Something to do with potassium maybe? The bananas I mean, not the deep heat.
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  • FurkukFurkuk Posts: 71
    I injured my back a few years ago. Fortunate enough to be in a scheme where I get free medical treatment for injuries. I was taught how to strengthen my back using core stability exercises. Some injuries are caused by weak core muscles and you will have to work on them. I use a exercise ball each day and do other exercises and it works. I feel that biking also helps it. Good luck :D
    Ask your Doctors about core stability exercises, they normally have a sheet with them on or do a search on the net
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  • Nik_BNik_B Posts: 270
    pilates works wonders with backs apparently.
  • Ditch WitchDitch Witch Posts: 837
    sarah75 wrote:
    Ooo, are you double jointed? That's why it happens to me. The sciatic thing happened to me too, after riding at Betsy-y-Coed a few years ago. Unbelievable agony.

    You have my sympathies :(

    Bizarrely, pretty much yes (I could do the splits up until my 20's :shock: )!

    Bloody agony isn't it. Saw the chiropractor this morning and - whilst it still hurts - she thinks it's actually looking ok so looks like MTBing is on! I'll dose up and give it a go and see what happens.... :D

    One thing that may help you - my chiro said I should take up pilates asap. I'll keep doing the mental stuff (MTBing, motorsport etc) but also start this to build up my core strength. Apparently there's less chance of your back suddenly 'going' if you do this.

    Hope you're back stays ok!


    I've done Pilates in the past, but just find it so unutterably boring :lol: I work on my core in other ways, though.

    Good luck for the weekend!
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Thanks :D

    Oh dear, doesn't bode well for the pilates then... I tried yoga years ago but only lasted one lesson because I found it too dull (not adrenaline fuelled enough for me :lol: )!

    Hey ho :?
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  • Nik_BNik_B Posts: 270
    well I have a bad back and I wont go because it sounds like something women do after they've had a baby. :lol::lol::lol:
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    :lol::lol::lol:

    I am going to try and persuade Chris to come with me to pilates by telling him that there will be lots of women there in lycra.

    I won't tell him that most of them will be over 60...... (apart from me that is!)!
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  • Nik_BNik_B Posts: 270
    sarah75 wrote:
    :lol::lol::lol:

    I am going to try and persuade Chris to come with me to pilates by telling him that there will be lots of women there in lycra.

    I won't tell him that most of them will be over 60...... (apart from me that is!)!

    I was almost about to change my mind untill I read the last bit...are you sure??? I mean really really sure? :lol:
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    :lol::lol:

    I shall bravely volunteer to go next week and report back!!

    (and whether Chris comes with me again will be your answer!)
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  • fastsuzifastsuzi Posts: 13
    after hurting my back 9 weeks ago and not been on bike or work since, i have done a lot of back research and seen physios and chiropractors and surgeon, if you need to see a chiro more than twice they cant help with you r problem once they have done there click thing its done, strength core exercises will help
    but get yourself a copy of the mckensie book fix your own back, straight away and read it on the way to scotland
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    fastsuzi wrote:
    after hurting my back 9 weeks ago and not been on bike or work since, i have done a lot of back research and seen physios and chiropractors and surgeon, if you need to see a chiro more than twice they cant help with you r problem once they have done there click thing its done, strength core exercises will help
    but get yourself a copy of the mckensie book fix your own back, straight away and read it on the way to scotland

    What book?
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    sarah75 wrote:
    fastsuzi wrote:
    after hurting my back 9 weeks ago and not been on bike or work since, i have done a lot of back research and seen physios and chiropractors and surgeon, if you need to see a chiro more than twice they cant help with you r problem once they have done there click thing its done, strength core exercises will help
    but get yourself a copy of the mckensie book fix your own back, straight away and read it on the way to scotland

    What book?
    the mckensie book fix your own back
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Thanks - I was obviously having a blond moment and missed that :oops:
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  • blister pusblister pus Posts: 5,780
    We all get them, blonde or otherwise ;)
  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Hi guys :D

    Just a quick update that I did indeed manage to ride in Scotland and had a FANTASTIC time! My back was fine and it was absolutely the best MTBing that I have ever done.

    I am still grinning like an idiot today (although my legs are killing me.... :? )

    Thanks for all the good advice last week :D
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  • Steve_FSteve_F Posts: 682
    Glad you enjoyed it up here. Which trails did you do?

    I've suffered with a bad back off and on for a while now. I went to the Chiro and really don't think cracking bones like that can be healthy. The bones in my back never clicked before and they do now. Not going there again unless there's no other option!

    The one that really works for me is the core strength one. This fixed the problem by doing exercises every morning. When it was better I backed off and only did them when I could be bothered which set it off again.

    I now do my exercises every morning (unless I'm hungover or seriously slept in) and although I can feel twinges every now and then it seems to be at a level where I can bare it and do whatever amount of mtbing I want.

    Good luck!
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  • miss notaxmiss notax Posts: 2,823
    Steve_F wrote:
    Glad you enjoyed it up here. Which trails did you do?

    I've suffered with a bad back off and on for a while now. I went to the Chiro and really don't think cracking bones like that can be healthy. The bones in my back never clicked before and they do now. Not going there again unless there's no other option!

    The one that really works for me is the core strength one. This fixed the problem by doing exercises every morning. When it was better I backed off and only did them when I could be bothered which set it off again.

    I now do my exercises every morning (unless I'm hungover or seriously slept in) and although I can feel twinges every now and then it seems to be at a level where I can bare it and do whatever amount of mtbing I want.

    Good luck!

    That's good to hear. I am armed with a pilates DVD and have found out about classes at the gym. Bizarrely my back feels worse now sat at my desk than it did belting across Scottish mountains! :D

    We rode Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree and Mabie (red routes) - and they were all amazing! Dalbeattie was my favourite, absolutely exhausting but very challenging and great fun!!
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away....

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  • Bizarrely my back feels worse now sat at my desk than it did belting across Scottish mountains!

    Buy a cheap MTB frame, stick stands through the forks and rear dropouts, replace the handle bars with a keyboard..... :D

    Or get a gym bike and stick the keyboard on that, but its not as fun :lol:
  • dentinatordentinator Posts: 1
    tight quads and hamstrings can cause backache, and so can improper bike set up.

    stretch and check set up worked for me
  • Steve_FSteve_F Posts: 682
    A day sitting at my desk is one of the worst things I can do too. I find that the cycling pain is just when it gets tired but the desk pain tends to last days.

    The really bad one for me is hangover days where I spend the day in bed and on the couch. Really not sure why I ever bother drinking but it seems to keep happening!
    Current steed is a '07 Carrera Banshee X
    + cheap road/commuting bike
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