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I’m trying to stay positive. A back injury update.

Back Injury Update

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This back injury is so frustrating. Exercise actually hasn’t been the problem. I have been able to swim, bike on my trainer, skate ski, downhill ski and even run a little bit on my treadmill. As soon as I hop in the car, sit down for an extended period of time or get on the floor to play with my kids that’s when things get all funky.  This is where the stability issues become a problem.  When I start to relax and my muscles aren’t engaging in any work my pelvis tips forward causing misalignment of my hips and then my SI joint gets all crazy. It’s basically a cascade effect and then the pain begins. It’s not acute. The pain twinges and sends pain into my Sciatic nerve. But its persistent. EEEK!

I know the saying “slow and steady wins the race,” applies here. I know that I just need to be patient but if you have ever dealt with this kind of injury you know how this type of chronic pain can bring you down. I also know that I need to take it a little easier on myself and allow my body to rest when it is asking for rest.

On the bright side I am learning a lot about body mechanics and how to best strengthen and exercise the areas of my body that are causing me trouble.

Here’s a run down of the muscle groups that are causing me grief:

  • Tensor Fasciae Latae
  • Gluteus Medius
  • Piroformis
  • SOAS
Anterior Hip Muscles (Source Wikipedia)

Anterior Hip Muscles (Source Wikipedia)

In a nutshell, all of the muscle groups (right side) holding me together and keeping my body functioning properly for sport are very unhappy.  Thankfully I am able to continue with physical therapy to learn how to strengthen these areas.  My physical therapist Kathy has also been using myofascial release techniques and deep tissue massage as needed.

Today all of these muscles were tightly wound up so we skipped the exercises and massage was the prescription for the day. Now I need to be a good girl and allow my body to rest, and drink  a lot of water to allow the muscles to recover.

Now I need to take my own advice and focus on the positives . . .

How has your week been? What was your favorite workout this week? Are currently battling an injury? How’s it going?

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10 responses

10 responses

  1. Ugh! So frustrating! It’s hard to be patient when you can be active (and want to!). But it’s the rest that hurts. Hang in there. You’ll be good as new soon! And thanks for the reminder to book my massage today!
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  2. I’m sorry it has been a slow road…I’ve been there. I hope all the hard work to get you back to normal pays off, and pays off soon!
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  3. It sounds like I am dealing with something really similar. I’ve had piriformis problems on my right side but lately my left hip area has been all out of whack- sort of feeling unbalanced like my pelvis it out of alignment. Despite seeing a chiro it doesnt seem to be getting better although its not as painful as it sounds like your injury is. I’ll actually have some great runs and then later or on a rest day everything will tighten up and start feeling off. I’m planning to see a PT to hopefully get some more control over the situation. I hope that you are feeling better soon! Its definitely an annoying and long-lasting injury.
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  4. hey! are you suffering from SI joint Dysfunction? I’ve been dealing with that since 08/2013 🙁 It is so frustrating and painful. I stopped training completely after 1 years on and off of training (and several types of therapies). I’m trying a new therapist on monday, she is a physical therapist that use pilates as rehab therapy #CrossedFingers

  5. Sidelined right now. Funny how you suddenly become an anatomy expert though! I have issues with my piriformis, TFL, and all the glutes (or lack thereof). Everything is connected somehow and can be so frustrating.

  6. So so frustrating! Injuries definitely try our patience. But you’re doing what you need to do and working on it and hopefully things will start coming together soon. Hang in there!
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  7. It’s such a bummer dealing with an injury. UGH.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and lots of positive thoughts.
    I am dealing with a stress fracture in my right knee and have been sidelined for 8 (long) weeks. Was going to have surgery, but am going to get a second opinion first.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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