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Old 07-23-14, 02:56 PM
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I get some lower back pain once in awhile and there is a great chiropractor in my town who takes walk ins and for $30 gives you a little cracky-cracky and you're out. I'm always good as new the next day.
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Old 07-23-14, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Enthalpic
If it's muscular ask about a Rx for cyclobenzaprine. You will feel better and it aids healing.

Time to recovery in patients with acute painful mus... [Adv Ther. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI
I have some of that. Good stuff!
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My Dr.'s appt is tomorrow. I will make sure to ask about cyclobenzaprine, as I am interested in anything that will promote recovery. At this point, I would like to start base training in earnest in October, which means starting to dick around on the bike in September. I feel this is totally do-able.

Symptoms have greatly decreased, but are not absent. On T I tried to ride at lunch, and definitely over reached. I went out for an hour at lunch at whatever pace felt right, of course that meant z4 with surges into z5/6. That kind of pissed my back off a little over the last couple days. Blegh.

I seem to be able to swim at the gym or perform ab workouts without significant symptoms flaring, so I may be sticking to that for a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to what I will learn at PT, which will begin next week.
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Old 09-27-14, 09:15 PM
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I am currently dealing with an SI joint problem that sounds similar to the severity that you experienced. Did you ever reach a conclusion regarding the cause? I am very puzzled regarding the cause of my issue. My mileage, bike fit, equipment has been unchanged over the past three years. I ignored the growing stiffness over several weeks. It never bothered me on the bike. Then one morning I entered the "couldn't leave the couch" situation. I have had good results with PT and I am beginning to slowly resume activities. I don't want to end up in the same situation in a few months. Other than being more conscientious with stretching/flexibility and core strength work I can't think of any other sensible corrective actions. I welcome any thoughts.

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Is it a generalized pain, or concentrated in one spot?? I had some serious (I didn't leave the couch) back pain a few months ago that was diagnosed as an SI joint issue. Chiro did more than physio (although physio got me moving, it didn't fully make it better).

Sounds like you are doing the right thing by taking it easy & seeing a professional.

I spent 6 weeks doing nothing (minimal walking/housework/etc), before gradually easing back into things.
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I've just started running again (it was the last thing I did before it went bad). I'm taking it easy & ramping up slowly.

I don't know that I've really found a solution. I have a good Cairo/massage & stretch lots. For me pelvic floor exercises helped - but I'm guessing that's probably not an issue for you.

Good luck - I'm still worried it's going to become an issue again.
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I use these stretches to pop my SI joint back in place:

Stuck! (Instructions for Unsticking a Cranky S.I. Joint) | Bernadette Birney: It's about yoga (sort of)

It may be a girly yoga site but the moves work like magic.

Also look into Mackenzie Exercises, which is essentially self-chiro exercises. The pelvic side shift helped my sciatica and I do it twice a day (listed below):

Managing Back Pain With The McKenzie Method | Brian Fulton ? Registered Massage Therapist
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Originally Posted by wants185s
I am currently dealing with an SI joint problem that sounds similar to the severity that you experienced. Did you ever reach a conclusion regarding the cause? I am very puzzled regarding the cause of my issue. My mileage, bike fit, equipment has been unchanged over the past three years. I ignored the growing stiffness over several weeks. It never bothered me on the bike. Then one morning I entered the "couldn't leave the couch" situation. I have had good results with PT and I am beginning to slowly resume activities. I don't want to end up in the same situation in a few months. Other than being more conscientious with stretching/flexibility and core strength work I can't think of any other sensible corrective actions. I welcome any thoughts.
My experience with chronic injuries has been that there really isn't any "quick fix" or sensible corrective action other than stretching/flexibility and rest.

Your injuries seem tougher to diagnose due to poor tracibility; are you sure there weren't any changes at all in your fitness and/or recovery routines? For me, the culprits were excessive lifting (deadlift, squat) and a couple backpacking trips with a poor-fitting back.

Does riding make it worse? That's a simple important question. It took me 6 or more weeks before I started riding again.

Also thanks for the links @furiousferret, that's good stuff.
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A) CHECK YOUR BIKE. A buncha years ago I had a similar issue...the root cause was a slipped control and a slightly slipped cleat. Princess and the Pea syndrome hit after the 200,000th pedal stroke. I could barely ride. Fixed that then:

B) Go to a good sports PT. My back looks horrible on an MRI. Even with that I felt great. Got treatment, advised on proper stretches...pain free and in great shape for quite a while after I:

C) Worked the core. And back muscles. Build 'em up. We're an integrated system.

D) Go see a fitter. I had a great position and one leg longer than the other. A few shims brought A-C together.

E) Do go over the bars into a pile of rock and break 4 verts at San Dimas.

Can't stress "E" enough.
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