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    Back Injury and biking

    My lower back (L2) gave out on me again 2 weeks ago. I was wondering if any of you had a similar injury, and how long it took you to get back on the saddle comfortably.

    I took a week off of work, and am currently on 2 weeks of light duty. It was probably not the greatest idea to bring my bike on the bus (it's about 25 pounds, I rode it to the bus stop), but I'm really itching to get back to the pedals. Any input would be appreciated, as would advice
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    For me, bike riding has been a critical factor in helping my lower back heal and get stronger. My back took about a month to return to normal. I do not stiffen up when I ride, and if I don't ride enough I might get stiff again. I do recommend you do not lift your bike until you are back to regular duty at you job. Also, please discuss any new or modified exercise program that you decide to do with your physician.

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    I crushed my T11, T12, L1 and L2 nineteen years ago, which left me with an angulated kyphosis of about 15 degrees. At the time, the doctors told me that I would probably need to have vertabrae fused within ten years due to arthritis. I started commuting by bike every day about twelve years ago, and I think it is good for my back -- it's a daily stretching without violent exertion -- and so far I have staved off arthritis and surgery. After a long ride my back is not the part of me that hurts the most, it's the pressure points on my bike (butt, hands, feet).

    I switched to drop bars this year, and while it initially caused me some soreness, I think they are good for my back too -- more stretching, more flexibility. In general my back is in good shape -- it only hurts when I over-do something-- which I credit to cycling, because I don't particularly take good care of myself except for the exercise I get on my bike.

    I would say my back is most sensitive to abrubt changes; you want to build strength slowly and be consistent with activity.
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    I have to be careful with my back. It's gotten much better since I started strengthening my middleparts. Also, chiropractic has helped me alot. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpokesInMyPoop
    My lower back (L2) gave out on me again 2 weeks ago. I was wondering if any of you had a similar injury, and how long it took you to get back on the saddle comfortably.
    What is wrong with your L2? Did you injure it at one point? Is either disc deteriorating? Or is it just from twisting wrong and the muscle spasms putting pressure on it?

    Depending on what is causing the pain will dictate how you can minimize the pain and frequency it occurs.

    One thing for sure, a good stretching routine, warm up and cool down before and after each ride and a good chiropractic adjustment from time to time will do wonders. Also a stong abdomen helps as well.



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    ahh... looks like I should get back to doing situps. Since I couldn't ride last week, my waistline has expanded a lil. My workpants are tighter than usual

    To prev. poster: I sprained my L2. The first time I threw it out was when I was moving a case of resume cardstock at my old job (res. cardstock is HEAVY). Luckily, my HR person was in the room when it happened, so she did the paperwork quickly, and worker's comp went over well. That was about 5 years ago. The second time I threw it out was when I was biking to work in a poor posture (I was hung over and super tired), went over a bump, and SNAP! My back hurt so badly, and I was about half an hour late getting into work. Unfortunately the HR person at that job was a complete "female dog". I asked her about my health insurance which should've been activated at that point, and she said I didn't get it yet. I asked her "well, what should I do?" and she told me "pay for it out of your own pocket". I walked away furious. But luckily, my friend came by the next evening and straightened out my back.

    This time, my boss was out for 2 of the busiest days of the week during 8/23-24, and we had even MORE work than usual (bunch of monthly jobs came in during that duration... people in the various departments around here sure have a knack for choosing when to bring in their jobs), hence I had to do much more lifting, even as the week progressed! I told my employer beforehand that I've had back problems, so they shouldn't be too suprised about this, and hopefully they'll let me get my worker's comp (I do bust my buns around here anyway).

    Anyway... I'll try and keep you folks posted. Thanks for the replies
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    Sit-ups are not good. Go to a physical therapy oriented chiropractic place. That's the right approach. There are lots of good exercises but sit-ups is usually not one of them for a back problem.

    I've had back problems for 25 years (since a trampoline accident in HS) and I've read and tried everything I could find. I had to give up running because it irritated my back but I can pound pedals all day long with no problems.

    In a nutshell here's my theory: Strength is the key. Once youve strained something, avoid lifting and awkward usage of your back, but KEEP MOVING. The times I tried traction-like rest gave the absolute worst outcomes -- and I'm talking about pain so bad I wanted to die. At one point I decided to stop eating because I was unable to wipe my own ass without horrendous pain. I now ignore all twinges but immediately take advil (or equivalent) and keep moving. I also sometimes supplement treatment with "manipulation" which may mean chiropractic or maybe just one of those homemedic vibrating chair pads. I've been episode-free for years. And I can ride myself senseless if I want.

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