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amp23 02-16-2012 09:32 PM

I can't not ride..
 
So last wednesday I was thrown off pretty good twice in one ride, landed on my lower back/tailbone both times. I even started crying from extreme frustration and the horrible pain, but kept riding. I'm still very sore over a week later, but I can't convince myself to take a break from riding.. I've gone to the chiropractor twice now, loosened me up last Thursday but today I was kind of "stuck" being so stiff.

My work (trail riding) is picking up again, and I need the hours badly. So I can't completely not ride.. I have been the back guide when I've worked the last week instead of lead so I don't have to turn around as much and strain my back any more than needed..

What are some exercises to do to stretch out my back, good pain meds I could take, or things I could do while riding to take the stress off my lower back? I've been icing my back between classes, while resting, etc, and I'm still in pain :(

MyBoyPuck 02-16-2012 09:53 PM

What about using one of those saddle seat cushions to give you tailbone some extra padding?

amp23 02-16-2012 11:27 PM

That's what I'm thinking I'm going to do at least for work (western saddle).. My english saddle is a little more comfy and cushioned.

How would you know if it's bruised vs broken? I've had a few times today where the pain was almost unbearable from sitting on it or shifting my weight on it wrong :/

MyBoyPuck 02-16-2012 11:56 PM

You didn't get checked out by a doctor after it happened?

amp23 02-17-2012 12:04 AM

Nope... I know there's not much they can do even if you break it. My mom was telling me a little while ago that she thinks I should get it x-rayed though.

AlexS 02-17-2012 04:12 PM

The only way to tell the difference between a bruise and a break is to get it x rayed.

mystykat 02-17-2012 06:36 PM

I think a trip to the doctor is in order. They can give you a back brace, and pain killers if they're needed. My friend fell off her horse in the end of september, she compacted a few vertabrae and cracked one as well. They gave her a brace and painkillers. You only get one back..so do it a favor and have a doctor look at it :P :D

VT Trail Trotters 02-17-2012 07:37 PM

You broke your tail bone? Ouch i did that too and i havent been riding yet but it may hurt. Cant sit in the school chairs for long cause its to much pressure on my lower back which is also all messed up.

amp23 02-17-2012 09:58 PM

Would the pain be any different broken vs bruised? I probably will end up at the doctors next week one day if I'm not working..

Skyseternalangel 02-17-2012 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by VT Trail Trotters (Post 1365409)
You broke your tail bone? Ouch i did that too and i havent been riding yet but it may hurt. Cant sit in the school chairs for long cause its to much pressure on my lower back which is also all messed up.

I shattered mine on a rock.. I slipped in flip flops. Really bah, but it doesn't hurt as bad now (this happened 5 years ago?) though I tend to stay off of it especially doing any kind of sit ups or whatnot. Riding.. it doesn't hurt at all since I'm sitting on my seatbones not my tail bone.

If your tailbone hurts while riding, maybe you're sitting back too far?


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