12-15-2012, 07:26 PM
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Riders are prone to having very tight hip adductors (inner thigh muscles) and weak hip abductors (outer hip muscles) and those imbalances can lead to hip and even knee problems. I am a physical therapist and would love to give you more advice than just to stretch your adductors, but it wouldn't be ethical of me to do so without first examining you and getting a doctor's diagnosis first, but I am sure a round of physical therapy might benefit you. Most riders have some level of muscle imblanace that can be corrected with proper stretching and strengthening techniques. Definitely run it by your doctor first.
There seems to be this war between chiropractors and physical therapists where both fields seem to despise the other, I guess because they are "competition" for eachother. In my honest opinion, I think "most" people would benefit from an initial adjustment (or several adjustments depending on the injury) and then follow up with a physical therapist for exercises to maintain the body in proper alignment in order to avoid having to return for more costly adjustments down the road. I'd love to see chiros and PT's working side by side to ensure prevention of future flare ups of injuries.
As for me, I've had a multitude of injuries between soccer, rugby and riding and most of them have resulted in very few lasting effects. I've broken just a few bones, but it seems my bones are very strong and my joints fairly weak. I've had many torn ligaments and dislocations. My worst by far has been my right knee which I blew out initially playing rugby. I tore my ACL and MCL (the MCL on 4 seperate occasions). Back in July I retore my MCL when a horse bucked. I would have been better off just falling, but instead the twisting motion of trying to stay in the saddle did it in. I still have a fair amount of instability and fairly frequent buckling from those injuries. I do A LOT of strengthening of my hip and knee to keep it as stable as possible (still too subborn to do the surgery and 6-9 months of rehab). Riding isn't supper hard on my knee by itself, but I have issues with my femur and tibia subluxating with any kind of jarring motion such as bucking, spooking or tripping, so I wear a specialized brace to prevent another tear.