Re: [RC] Rider bulging disc - Jon . Linderman
I greatly appreciate the fact that Dr Ramsay did not suggest radical
intervention of some type. I wish she was in my area to be our physician.
There was a very large study (thousands) done using x-rays from young
service inductees. There were basically an equal number of people w/disk
abnormalities, such as bulging disks, who had no back pain as individuals
who did have back pain. Similarly, there was an equal number of
individuals w/no apparent disc problems who had back pain as people with no
disk problems who had no pain. One interpretation of this very large data
base was to question cause and effect of apparent abnormalities from x-rays
and back pain. My wife, who is WELL shy of 40 had back surgery when she
was young related to a sports injury. She regrets the procedure to this
day and inspite of the fact that her hubby is 12 years her senior and has a
bout 0.1% of her riding ability I can ride all day pain free.........she
often cannot. Proper (and that is very key) strength and conditioning of
the muscles supporting the back goes a long way to relieving back pain.
Unfortunately, it is still rare to find competent advice on good
conditioning work, but simple effective exercises for ones back and
abdomen, as well as overalll muscular strength can have a huge impact on
spinal health. There are a number of sports acceleration programs around
the country that can be helpful. I have generally been impressed by there
multi-faceted approach. I beleive there address is something to the effect
of sportsacceleration or sportsaccelerationproducts. Give it a try.
Jon K. Linderman, Ph.D., FACSM
Assistant Professor of Health and Sport Science
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1210
FAX: (937) 229-4244
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durance.net Subject: Re: [RC] Rider bulging disc
11/14/2002 09:15 PM
Bulging discs are a normal finding in many people after the age of 40,
sometimes younger. You didn't give your age. Most Orthopedic researchers
will tell you that they are not certain that bulging discs are even the
casue of the pain that prompted you to have tests done. Don't worry too
much. Make sure you are in good shape physically. Take your glucosamine,
a multivitamin with minerals, calcium, and regular exercise. Watch your
posture. long periods of time bent forward are the biggest casue of disc
problems. Sit up straight, shoulders back. Hope that helps.
Maris Ramsay, Family Physician
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