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  • Upper back pain following a fall from horse

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    12-22-2012, 01:50 PM
  #71
Showing
Very interesting reading here .

I've been riding my entire life and have had more falls than I really care to remember. I never had any sort of back pain until I was bucked off on my head when I was 14. That pinched some nerves in my neck and upper back (spent about 3 hours laying in the field thinking that I'd broken my neck). Due to that fall and quite a few others I've had over the years, I have nearly constant pain in my back and neck, just in varying degrees. I've also found that when I ride properly without allowing myself to become tense, then riding actually helps to keep my muscles loose so the pain is diminished.

Of course, I've been going to a chiropractor frequently for the last 15 years and he's the one that keeps me going, but I honestly believe that riding helps a great deal...except the times when I take another fall .
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    12-22-2012, 03:11 PM
  #72
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Very interesting reading here .

I've been riding my entire life and have had more falls than I really care to remember. I never had any sort of back pain until I was bucked off on my head when I was 14. That pinched some nerves in my neck and upper back (spent about 3 hours laying in the field thinking that I'd broken my neck). Due to that fall and quite a few others I've had over the years, I have nearly constant pain in my back and neck, just in varying degrees. I've also found that when I ride properly without allowing myself to become tense, then riding actually helps to keep my muscles loose so the pain is diminished.

Of course, I've been going to a chiropractor frequently for the last 15 years and he's the one that keeps me going, but I honestly believe that riding helps a great deal...except the times when I take another fall .
Its good to see so many getting better through their riding, and this case is no exception.
The falls don't sound too healthy, but I guess that's the price of riding.
You were lucky not to break the neck on that fall.
Thanks for the feedback.
Dr Les Bailey
     
    12-23-2012, 02:42 AM
  #73
Weanling
Thank you for the advice!
     
    12-23-2012, 06:32 AM
  #74
Foal
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Originally Posted by LostDragonflyWings    
Thank you for the advice!
You are very welcome indeed.
Dr Les Bailey
     
    12-23-2012, 03:15 PM
  #75
Showing
It has been proven that riding with a long relaxed leg and pelvis/lower back is the best form of physio there is. 300+ muscles are exercised. It's best to have either a person walk the horse or have a horse that will be fine with loose reins.
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    01-15-2013, 12:02 PM
  #76
Foal
If you have pre exisiting conditions then riding could irritate them. Freak accidents, spooky horses, sudden stumbles and trips can all lead to injury. I think with a normal riding routine back issues are minimal as long as you crosstrain and have a strong back/core. It helps too keeping your body even, balanced and not one sided (especially if your horse has a dominent side).
     
    01-23-2013, 01:57 PM
  #77
Foal
Sweeping the yard is a back killer when I really go off on one of my OCD moments. ;)
     

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