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post #1 of 7 Old 09-07-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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lower back pain?

I'm an 18 year old girl. I ride an average of 3 horses a day. I also shovel a lot of manure. Maybe this is what's causing the pain...?
The point is, I've felt this coming on for a while, but my lower lower back, aka my pelvis and hips, are killing me - to the point where I can't even walk right. I've been seeing a chiropractor but it doesn't seem to help.
I feel like I shouldn't be in this much pain - at my age I should be able to ride and work as much as I want and be fine, right?
Either way, I'm not sure what to do...should I go see a doctor and get it X-rayed? Should I try to limit my riding? Which will be hard...
Has this happened to anyone?
Any advice would help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-07-2012, 11:43 PM
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Firstly, make sure when you're shovelling manure that you don't twist to put it in the muck heap or barrow. Move your feet instead so you turn your whole body, not just your torso.

Also, make sure you're not trying to absorb movement while riding by flexing your spine, keep your whole body nice and relaxed. I used to really struggle with this so started doing a few mins of stretches and shoulder rolls after mounting to loosen up. And don't forget to breathe - breathe with your diaphragm (in the abdomen) not your chest/shoulders.

What style of riding do you do? What discipline?
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Not to be rude but you don't sound like you are in the condition to do THAT much work. Do you rest often? If not then perhaps your body is being strained past its capabilities.

Cut back on some things. Pace yourself. Maybe start exercising gently during the week away from the barn so you can condition some stamina and your muscles. ??

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-08-2012, 02:49 AM
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Hi, I'm 21 and this past week I had a discectomy on my l-3 & l-4. I was just wondering if any has had this done and still been able to ride? If so can you still ride quarter horses or just gaited horses?
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Julian - if I had responsibility for you then I would send you straight off to my physiotherapist - who has specialised in back pain.

She'd look and feel and prod and ask: "if this hurts" and most likely send you off for an Xray of your lumbar spine. Then it would be said: " come back and see me again - so that you can take off your clothes, lay down on my work bench, and I can massage your back".

But the important thing she will do is to tell you how your back works and what you must not do to it to abuse it.

As for the work - and the horse riding - well of course in both there are potential causes but how can we over the Internet do anything but make comment - some of which will undoubtedly be irrelevant.

As for your continuing to work, well if you don't get the cause of your present aches sorted out then the liklihood is that the pain will only get worse.

But one thing I do know - is that if you are putting your lower back to significant strain then one thing for you consider is an elasticated sports belt which fits around the waist. It will give support to your muscles.

Remember: posture is king.


PS Just to create a laugh - when really there is nothing to laugh about - I get back ache first thing in the morning after waking up from a night's (usually disturbed) sleep. Just laying on a soft mattress for any length of time gives me back ache! But I am old, abused, overloaded, bent and otherwise, decrepid.
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Ha, Barry - I am the same. Sleep on a 20 year old futon and even that's too soft. Best night's sleep is on a floor.
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Thanks guys! Yes, I do need to lighten my work load -- it's going to be tough, though! I love the advice about keeping my body straight when I shovel manure - i'm going to try that. and I do primarily dressage and natural horsemanship. I do get tense when I ride sometimes - that is also a likely cause.
I think I'll go see my doctor nonetheless.
And skyeternalangel - I do job regularly but sometimes that seems to put even more strain on my hips -- what kind of exercise would be best in this situation?

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