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2/2/2018 1:55 PM

I've been riding for a good 14 years or more now and BMX, is my absolute passion in life. I've had my fair share of injuries, a broken foot, ankle, ribs and nose. The usual injuries you would expect from any form of BMX riding. I had pain in my back a few years ago as well, but thinking back to it, that was more than likely caused by my frame being too short and my bars too low.

More recently, I went to see a Doctor in January last year, as my right leg had gone almost completely numb. Through seeing a Physio and a specialist Doctor and having an MRI, I was told that, I have a bulging disc in my lower back, which was compressing a nerve, causing the numbness. This injury isn't from riding but related to my job, lifting and carrying heavy weights. but none the less it is stopping me from riding. I have tried to ride on a few occasions, but after a short time riding, I'm left in a lot of pain and my lower back slowly starts to seize up. I've bought a longer frame, taller bars and I've been following a Physios exercise and stretching program since seeing the Doctor a year ago. All of this has made me stronger and taken some of the day to day pain away. but still I am unable to ride as it causes me so much pain that I struggle to stand up after sitting down.

In December last year I went to see another specialist Doctor, who has reviewed my medical notes and scans. He found that the pain I'm feeling is more than likely caused by Arthritis in my lower back, and has diagnosed me with Arthritis of the L5/L4 ‘Facet joints. This is something that will affect me for the rest of my life. The symptoms of pain I'm feeling will hopefully subside a little but will never go away fully.

I now feel as if, I'll never really be able to ride my bike again properly other than rolling about and doing a few manuals. I'm miserable and at times slightly depressed if I'm honest. I've just watched Darryl Nau's 'Day in the life' video from Props 74

). He talks about having problems in his lower back and being unable to ride for some time. But has been able to work on his general well-being and fitness through exercise and eating healthy. To a point where he can ride for a couple hours without his back pain. Now this video is from a few years ago, so I'm wondering where is he now with his back? Has he Improved further and can he ride for longer?

All of this has made me think about who else is out there, who has had injuries which have limited their ability to ride and how important it is to look after your body. Is there more videos or articles out there, which specifically talk about health and injury around BMX. And what are other people’s experiences with injuries? With BMX freestyle now being in the Olympics, will the BMX world now become more concerned with health and wellbeing. Or is it already there and we just don’t see it?
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2/2/2018 2:37 PM

i'm 47. rode bmx/freestyle since the very early 80's. I rode REALLY hard during the 90's. Many injuries as well. Everything always healed up over time, broken bones, punctured lungs, torn ligaments ,etc...

So when my lower back started hurting one day, I ignored it. Long story short, I ended up with a herniated disc that cause THEE WORST PAIN i had ever felt. I ended up getting surgery. Surgery didn't take the pain away because I had ignore it for so long. I had physical therapists and they weren't able to help, often making it worse.

I found Bikram Yoga and did that every day for six weeks. That cured my pain and I was able to ride my bike again.

Now, i have arthritis in my hands so I can't actually hold onto my bars anymore. I can jib around a little but I can't send myself off / down anything.

I have found that hot or bikram (thee hottest of the hot) yoga does a LOT to help with various pains that I get.

I recommend it to anyone.

The pain in my back comes back from time to time and I have to just relax, stop doing dumb stuff like falling (I started skating a year ago, since I couldn't ride my bike) and do some light light yoga. Eventually it comes back to normal and the pain goes away.

a quality diet can do wonders for your health as well.

getting old sucks but I'm going to fight it all the way to the grave. smile

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2/2/2018 3:29 PM

Man, I really feel bad for you, my Dad and some of his/my friends had/have back problems and they picked up one of those Teeter boards, that tilt you upside down and stretch your spine out and all of them told me it works really well! I remember my Dad couldn't get out of bed sometimes and his lower back would kill him, he used to build houses and what not and his job required him to lift lots of heavy stuff, but this Teeter thing he said is really helping him out! I would say pick one of those up, use it a couple times a day for a few minutes and see what it does! I sure it'll help you lots!

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I don't crash, I do random gravity checks...

2/2/2018 3:40 PM

I have one of those inversion tables. (teeter board)

I honestly don't know if it helps at all but I do use it from time to time. The problem is, it puts strain on my ankles and knees (that I destroyed from years of riding bmx...) so I can't stay on it for very long.

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2/2/2018 3:51 PM

pnj wrote:

I have one of those inversion tables. (teeter board)

I honestly don't know if it helps at all but I do use it from time to time. The problem is, it puts strain on my ankles and knees (that I destroyed from years of riding bmx...) so I can't stay on it for very long.

That sucks... everyone I know who has one loves it! But it is one of those things you have to use probably every day for it to really be effective though...

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I don't crash, I do random gravity checks...

2/2/2018 4:19 PM

pnj wrote:

i'm 47. rode bmx/freestyle since the very early 80's. I rode REALLY hard during the 90's. Many injuries as well. Everything always healed up over time, broken bones, punctured lungs, torn ligaments ,etc...

So when my lower back started hurting one day, I ignored it. Long story short, I ended up with a herniated disc that cause THEE WORST PAIN i had ever felt. I ended up getting surgery. Surgery didn't take the pain away because I had ignore it for so long. I had physical therapists and they weren't able to help, often making it worse.

I found Bikram Yoga and did that every day for six weeks. That cured my pain and I was able to ride my bike again.

Now, i have arthritis in my hands so I can't actually hold onto my bars anymore. I can jib around a little but I can't send myself off / down anything.

I have found that hot or bikram (thee hottest of the hot) yoga does a LOT to help with various pains that I get.

I recommend it to anyone.

The pain in my back comes back from time to time and I have to just relax, stop doing dumb stuff like falling (I started skating a year ago, since I couldn't ride my bike) and do some light light yoga. Eventually it comes back to normal and the pain goes away.

a quality diet can do wonders for your health as well.

getting old sucks but I'm going to fight it all the way to the grave. smile

I'm only about half your age but I had the same problem already... 2014 my lower back started hurting (Well actually, all the way back in 2007 it started hurting and I got sciatica real bad, but it went away with some stretches and back cracking and didn't bother me since) but I chose to ignore it. It got so bad that my back could "shift" and by that I mean if I bent forward far enough it would hurt really bad for a second then the pain would go away and I could do things like ride or other things that required a little bend in the back, but standing straight felt like someone was jabbing a knife into my back until I "shifted" again, then the pain went away like when I bent forward.

THAT right there should've been my sign to go to the hospital but nope I'm dumb, ignored it, and eventually that faded away as sciatica came back (for those who don't know, sciatica is a bitch. it's a nerve that runs from your lower back down your ass cheek and down your legs, usually just the one though, and hurts like a motherbitch when it flares up) and again I'm dumb and chose to ignore it thinking it would go away on its own. I played through the pain, and eventually I noticed the left part of my left foot (leg I had sciatica running down) was going a bit numb... again, ignored it, tried exercises but didn't know many good ones so I probably did more harm than good rather than just google it because stubborn.

Eventually I couldn't take the stabbing sensation in my back, sciatica, and partial numbness so I got it checked out and was told to take NSAIDs and stretch my hamstrings. I took the pills but didn't stretch the hamstrings cause I thought that sounded idiotic to help my back (I was wrong obviously). Time passed and I had tried going to doctors getting prescribed a low dosage steroid, more exercises, and also got an MRI. The steroids helped and I felt 100%, but once they were gone I was back to square one... Barely did the exercises cause I'm an idiot and didn't think hamstring stretches would help. By the time I got my MRI results back I could barely walk without pain, I was mostly bedridden. It fucking sucked. I found out I herniated a disc at L5/S1 and they could try an epidural injection to inject a steroid shot right into the affected area of my spinal cord. Did that and the sciatica went away instantly, most of the pain went away, and I started getting better. I could ride again after a week or so of rest, but it just wasn't back to normal, so I got another injection and that nearly fixed me but since I wasn't doing the exercises it only did so much. I saw my doctor and he prescribed me the pills again and explained how hamstring stretches DO help the lower back, and with weeks/months of self-physical therapy I was back to riding 100%.

Last year though my back started going bad again, saw a doctor and this cunt didn't do anything but berate me for riding bmx. had to wait to see a different doctor but after that and another set of injections I was healing up again just fine. It still bothers me occasionally, some days the stabbing sensation is there but nowhere near as bad as it used to be and I can usually power through it. Sometimes it feels perfectly fine. Just depends, but I keep up on the physical therapy for it now. I'll have to look into the bikram yoga pnj mentioned.



moral of the story, if something in your body feels fucked up, go see a goddamn doctor. if that doctor tells you to quit bmx, get a better doctor. and always keep up on your physical therapy or exercises. it does more than you think. also try different things, what works for some people might not work for you.

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2/2/2018 4:20 PM

BMX is bound to take a toll on your body eventually , either with one injury , or small lingering ones . It’s just part of paying into how much fun and how many good people you meet from biking .

You can get hurt crossing the sidewalk , don’t let a bike slow you down dude !!

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2/4/2018 4:36 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/4/2018 4:43 AM

pnj wrote:

i'm 47. rode bmx/freestyle since the very early 80's. I rode REALLY hard during the 90's. Many injuries as well. Everything always healed up over time, broken bones, punctured lungs, torn ligaments ,etc...

So when my lower back started hurting one day, I ignored it. Long story short, I ended up with a herniated disc that cause THEE WORST PAIN i had ever felt. I ended up getting surgery. Surgery didn't take the pain away because I had ignore it for so long. I had physical therapists and they weren't able to help, often making it worse.

I found Bikram Yoga and did that every day for six weeks. That cured my pain and I was able to ride my bike again.

Now, i have arthritis in my hands so I can't actually hold onto my bars anymore. I can jib around a little but I can't send myself off / down anything.

I have found that hot or bikram (thee hottest of the hot) yoga does a LOT to help with various pains that I get.

I recommend it to anyone.

The pain in my back comes back from time to time and I have to just relax, stop doing dumb stuff like falling (I started skating a year ago, since I couldn't ride my bike) and do some light light yoga. Eventually it comes back to normal and the pain goes away.

a quality diet can do wonders for your health as well.

getting old sucks but I'm going to fight it all the way to the grave. smile

Thank you for everyone's words of support and comments. I hadn't until now heard of a inversion board, there are ways of decompressing your lower spine (Lumbar) without one. But of course it would be a whole lot more effective using an inversion board. Unfortunately for me they are a little out of my price range here in the UK, at around £290, is there cheaper ones out there that I'm not seeing? I can continue to stretch and decompress my spine, with yoga type stretches, for example child's pose is very effective and hanging from a pull up bar can be very relieving. There are many other types of exercises and stretches, that can be found on Youtube and fitness related forums.

I've spent a lot of the past year researching, the human spine, injuries and treatments and now have a very good understanding of it. I'm no medical professional, but for me being able to understand how my body works and why certain things happen, is very soothing. My bulging disc is also L5/S1 and I was told that my Sacrum is tilted forward more than it should be. But that is just my genetics and there isn't much I can do about it. Thinking on that, my parents have always told me to sit up straight and I've always thought to myself "yeah whatever I'm not doing that". Has years of bad posture and form, with the added strain of my job, contributed to the Arthritis, I now have in my lower back?

Whenever I've injured my self, I've always rushed back to riding and normal activity, far quicker than I should have been. Never really taking it seriously. I remember when I broke my ankle, it was the worst pain that I had ever felt! I had broken it within an hour of being at (Adrenaline Alley) Skate park, after driving for two and half hours with a few of my mate's. None of which could drive. I thought to myself, I'm not going to the hospital now and here. I'll sit here until it closes. One of my mate's had to drive us all back to where we lived, after only taking two driving lessons and having no licence. To add to it my car started playing up, as we got within two miles or so of the hospital. I remember thinking "oh brilliant we're going to get pulled over in a minute". I was in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks, as I remember it and after the cast came off, I didn't really take my recovery serious and too quickly went back to normal activity. I've grown up a lot since and take things a lot more seriously. Being 28 and having Arthritis in my lower spine, is a little daunting, but I'm working on it and learning more everyday. I wish I had always taken it as seriously and looked after my body, as I am doing now. Maybe I wouldn't be in such a bad position now. But you can't dwell on the past, you have to try and move forwards as best you can.

I will be fighting it to the grave also. Hopefully at some point along that road, I will be able to ride my bike the way in which I want to. In the mean time. I will continue to research and find new ways of looking after my body. I would like to see more videos, interviews and articles on health and recovery, surrounding BMX. As at the moment its hard to find a good video or article on it.

I've just watched 'Drew Bezanson's' Interview on Vitalbmx (https://www.vitalbmx.com/videos/features/A-Candid-Conversation-with-Drew-Bezanson,64735/kylecarlson,363). It's eye opening and talks about all the support offered to 'Redbull' Athletes. He talks about, all the treatments and work which he has been doing in recovering from an injury. I had never considered it, but he talks about the fact that if you favor spinning a certain way, your muscles will form and strengthen more on one side, unbalancing your body. Which can cause injuries and pains, throughout your body. It sounds strange but if you have a tight left calf, it can cause pain in your right shoulder, something which I previously didn't know. Ruben Alcantara, had problems with back pain, until it was discovered that his jaw and bite were out of line. He was fitted with braces and since then, his back pain has slowly subsided, how strange? We need to be balanced in life, in Body and mind. Will we see more videos and articles, relevant to this in the future? I would be very interested in seeing a video, of 'Drew Bezanson' in that Athletes center, talking about and showing us what it takes, to recover in the best way possible. What options are out there for us?

You can recover and you can recover well. It's just a lot of hard work and at times this can take a massive toll on you. I've followed 'Scotty Cranmer's' recovery and he has showed us what can be done and that hard work pays off in the end. So thank you 'Scotty' and well done for being able to come as far as you have, with such a positive outlook on life. We are behind you and any other rider all the way.

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2/5/2018 6:47 AM

Fraser Disney-Spiers wrote:

Thank you for everyone's words of support and comments. I hadn't until now heard of a inversion board, there are ways of decompressing your lower spine (Lumbar) without one. But of course it would be a whole lot more effective using an inversion board. Unfortunately for me they are a little out of my price range here in the UK, at around £290, is there cheaper ones out there that I'm not seeing? I can continue to stretch and decompress my spine, with yoga type stretches, for example child's pose is very effective and hanging from a pull up bar can be very relieving. There are many other types of exercises and stretches, that can be found on Youtube and fitness related forums.

I've spent a lot of the past year researching, the human spine, injuries and treatments and now have a very good understanding of it. I'm no medical professional, but for me being able to understand how my body works and why certain things happen, is very soothing. My bulging disc is also L5/S1 and I was told that my Sacrum is tilted forward more than it should be. But that is just my genetics and there isn't much I can do about it. Thinking on that, my parents have always told me to sit up straight and I've always thought to myself "yeah whatever I'm not doing that". Has years of bad posture and form, with the added strain of my job, contributed to the Arthritis, I now have in my lower back?

Whenever I've injured my self, I've always rushed back to riding and normal activity, far quicker than I should have been. Never really taking it seriously. I remember when I broke my ankle, it was the worst pain that I had ever felt! I had broken it within an hour of being at (Adrenaline Alley) Skate park, after driving for two and half hours with a few of my mate's. None of which could drive. I thought to myself, I'm not going to the hospital now and here. I'll sit here until it closes. One of my mate's had to drive us all back to where we lived, after only taking two driving lessons and having no licence. To add to it my car started playing up, as we got within two miles or so of the hospital. I remember thinking "oh brilliant we're going to get pulled over in a minute". I was in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks, as I remember it and after the cast came off, I didn't really take my recovery serious and too quickly went back to normal activity. I've grown up a lot since and take things a lot more seriously. Being 28 and having Arthritis in my lower spine, is a little daunting, but I'm working on it and learning more everyday. I wish I had always taken it as seriously and looked after my body, as I am doing now. Maybe I wouldn't be in such a bad position now. But you can't dwell on the past, you have to try and move forwards as best you can.

I will be fighting it to the grave also. Hopefully at some point along that road, I will be able to ride my bike the way in which I want to. In the mean time. I will continue to research and find new ways of looking after my body. I would like to see more videos, interviews and articles on health and recovery, surrounding BMX. As at the moment its hard to find a good video or article on it.

I've just watched 'Drew Bezanson's' Interview on Vitalbmx (https://www.vitalbmx.com/videos/features/A-Candid-Conversation-with-Drew-Bezanson,64735/kylecarlson,363). It's eye opening and talks about all the support offered to 'Redbull' Athletes. He talks about, all the treatments and work which he has been doing in recovering from an injury. I had never considered it, but he talks about the fact that if you favor spinning a certain way, your muscles will form and strengthen more on one side, unbalancing your body. Which can cause injuries and pains, throughout your body. It sounds strange but if you have a tight left calf, it can cause pain in your right shoulder, something which I previously didn't know. Ruben Alcantara, had problems with back pain, until it was discovered that his jaw and bite were out of line. He was fitted with braces and since then, his back pain has slowly subsided, how strange? We need to be balanced in life, in Body and mind. Will we see more videos and articles, relevant to this in the future? I would be very interested in seeing a video, of 'Drew Bezanson' in that Athletes center, talking about and showing us what it takes, to recover in the best way possible. What options are out there for us?

You can recover and you can recover well. It's just a lot of hard work and at times this can take a massive toll on you. I've followed 'Scotty Cranmer's' recovery and he has showed us what can be done and that hard work pays off in the end. So thank you 'Scotty' and well done for being able to come as far as you have, with such a positive outlook on life. We are behind you and any other rider all the way.

Stretching will help. Trust me.

I was 29 when my back started to get bad, and turns out I had 3 bulging discs. One going forwards, one going out the back, and one going out the side. I was in bad shape. Landed in the emergency room 3 times, etc etc.

I've also lost 5 friends in the past 10 years to opioid addiction, so I was not willing to start treating painkillers like tic tacs.

Two words of advice that nobody wants to listen to, but WILL help immensely, is free, and won't destroy your life with drugs:

START STRETCHING.

Start here for lower back/sciatica/leg pain:



Then try this video to build up balance, stability, and muscle in places that you don't have muscle:



The worst part about all this is that this becomes maintenance. You HAVE to do it regularly to notice the difference. I used to weigh over 300lbs and right now I'm down to 215. That website helped me do it all. No gyms, no pills, no diets, no gimmicks. If you eat clean, stretch, build strength, and concentrate on range of motion, you can stave off injuries and aging well.
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2/5/2018 7:27 AM

For the longest time, I had problems with lower back pain/sciatica pain in my right leg. Generally, it wasn't something that was so painful that it was debilitating but I was constantly banding down to stretch out my back. Sometimes just a slow walk thru a museum or something benign like that would have me stretching in a corner. This went on for about 7 years until I was rear-ended on the freeway by a semi & my car crushed between it and another truck in front. I did the typical physical therapy & such and decided to see a chiropractor as well. He took x-rays & found that my spine, at the base of my tailbone, was shifted out about 3/8'-1/2". They worked on me starting with twice a week for about 4 weeks, then went down to once a week for a several others. Each time, they put me in a traction machine that pulled my hips and my spine in opposite directions on a& off for about 20 minutes. Now, I know this isn't a fix for everyone but I'm here to tell you, I haven't had that pain since & it's been almost 3 years now. I can't believe I waiting so long & see someone else. My family practitioner simply told me that I needed to stretch (which is a great idea) but that wasn't the be all, end all. He didn't even order x-rays. It was just a "your getting older" sort of thing. So, while it was a pain in the ass (no pun intended) having my car destroyed was one of the best things to happen to me. I guess t he moral of the story is: don't settle for one or even two opinions. My doctor wasn't really helpful in diagnosing my issue & neither were the physical therapy treatments. It wasn't until a friend recommended the chiropractor that I finally found relief.

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2/5/2018 8:40 AM

Free health care in Canada is pretty sweet , and I work for Alberta health services , got a pretty sick set up when I get injured I get paid medical leave , so when most people get injured and miss allot of work and end up losing there job , instead I get to sit and recover and still get paid

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2/5/2018 8:58 AM

Fortunately for me, I haven't been too injured over my almost 19 years on a bike. I am slow to get up and sore sometimes, but that's to be expected.

I've changed my riding to reflect my body's abilities more though, I don't huck it much, more flowing around and having a good time. I'd rather end a session because it is time to go/I am tired instead of being done because I got wrecked.

I have also been trying to exercise more. Riding my commuter bike, playing with my son etc. I just started working out again, 5 days a week, at a minimum 30 minutes a day. I run, ride an exercise bike or elliptical for the most part. Cardio. I'm trying to lose weight. Come spring I am buying a road bike again, and plan to get lots of miles on it.

My best advise is DO NOT IGNORE PAIN. Keep in shape enough to stay ahead of injury. Follow dudes like Josh Perry on IG, and others who eat well and take care of themselves for tips and inspiration.

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2/5/2018 1:45 PM

pnj wrote:

i'm 47. rode bmx/freestyle since the very early 80's. I rode REALLY hard during the 90's. Many injuries as well. Everything always healed up over time, broken bones, punctured lungs, torn ligaments ,etc...

So when my lower back started hurting one day, I ignored it. Long story short, I ended up with a herniated disc that cause THEE WORST PAIN i had ever felt. I ended up getting surgery. Surgery didn't take the pain away because I had ignore it for so long. I had physical therapists and they weren't able to help, often making it worse.

I found Bikram Yoga and did that every day for six weeks. That cured my pain and I was able to ride my bike again.

Now, i have arthritis in my hands so I can't actually hold onto my bars anymore. I can jib around a little but I can't send myself off / down anything.

I have found that hot or bikram (thee hottest of the hot) yoga does a LOT to help with various pains that I get.

I recommend it to anyone.

The pain in my back comes back from time to time and I have to just relax, stop doing dumb stuff like falling (I started skating a year ago, since I couldn't ride my bike) and do some light light yoga. Eventually it comes back to normal and the pain goes away.

a quality diet can do wonders for your health as well.

getting old sucks but I'm going to fight it all the way to the grave. smile

Fraser Disney-Spiers wrote:

Thank you for everyone's words of support and comments. I hadn't until now heard of a inversion board, there are ways of decompressing your lower spine (Lumbar) without one. But of course it would be a whole lot more effective using an inversion board. Unfortunately for me they are a little out of my price range here in the UK, at around £290, is there cheaper ones out there that I'm not seeing? I can continue to stretch and decompress my spine, with yoga type stretches, for example child's pose is very effective and hanging from a pull up bar can be very relieving. There are many other types of exercises and stretches, that can be found on Youtube and fitness related forums.

I've spent a lot of the past year researching, the human spine, injuries and treatments and now have a very good understanding of it. I'm no medical professional, but for me being able to understand how my body works and why certain things happen, is very soothing. My bulging disc is also L5/S1 and I was told that my Sacrum is tilted forward more than it should be. But that is just my genetics and there isn't much I can do about it. Thinking on that, my parents have always told me to sit up straight and I've always thought to myself "yeah whatever I'm not doing that". Has years of bad posture and form, with the added strain of my job, contributed to the Arthritis, I now have in my lower back?

Whenever I've injured my self, I've always rushed back to riding and normal activity, far quicker than I should have been. Never really taking it seriously. I remember when I broke my ankle, it was the worst pain that I had ever felt! I had broken it within an hour of being at (Adrenaline Alley) Skate park, after driving for two and half hours with a few of my mate's. None of which could drive. I thought to myself, I'm not going to the hospital now and here. I'll sit here until it closes. One of my mate's had to drive us all back to where we lived, after only taking two driving lessons and having no licence. To add to it my car started playing up, as we got within two miles or so of the hospital. I remember thinking "oh brilliant we're going to get pulled over in a minute". I was in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks, as I remember it and after the cast came off, I didn't really take my recovery serious and too quickly went back to normal activity. I've grown up a lot since and take things a lot more seriously. Being 28 and having Arthritis in my lower spine, is a little daunting, but I'm working on it and learning more everyday. I wish I had always taken it as seriously and looked after my body, as I am doing now. Maybe I wouldn't be in such a bad position now. But you can't dwell on the past, you have to try and move forwards as best you can.

I will be fighting it to the grave also. Hopefully at some point along that road, I will be able to ride my bike the way in which I want to. In the mean time. I will continue to research and find new ways of looking after my body. I would like to see more videos, interviews and articles on health and recovery, surrounding BMX. As at the moment its hard to find a good video or article on it.

I've just watched 'Drew Bezanson's' Interview on Vitalbmx (https://www.vitalbmx.com/videos/features/A-Candid-Conversation-with-Drew-Bezanson,64735/kylecarlson,363). It's eye opening and talks about all the support offered to 'Redbull' Athletes. He talks about, all the treatments and work which he has been doing in recovering from an injury. I had never considered it, but he talks about the fact that if you favor spinning a certain way, your muscles will form and strengthen more on one side, unbalancing your body. Which can cause injuries and pains, throughout your body. It sounds strange but if you have a tight left calf, it can cause pain in your right shoulder, something which I previously didn't know. Ruben Alcantara, had problems with back pain, until it was discovered that his jaw and bite were out of line. He was fitted with braces and since then, his back pain has slowly subsided, how strange? We need to be balanced in life, in Body and mind. Will we see more videos and articles, relevant to this in the future? I would be very interested in seeing a video, of 'Drew Bezanson' in that Athletes center, talking about and showing us what it takes, to recover in the best way possible. What options are out there for us?

You can recover and you can recover well. It's just a lot of hard work and at times this can take a massive toll on you. I've followed 'Scotty Cranmer's' recovery and he has showed us what can be done and that hard work pays off in the end. So thank you 'Scotty' and well done for being able to come as far as you have, with such a positive outlook on life. We are behind you and any other rider all the way.

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

Stretching will help. Trust me.

I was 29 when my back started to get bad, and turns out I had 3 bulging discs. One going forwards, one going out the back, and one going out the side. I was in bad shape. Landed in the emergency room 3 times, etc etc.

I've also lost 5 friends in the past 10 years to opioid addiction, so I was not willing to start treating painkillers like tic tacs.

Two words of advice that nobody wants to listen to, but WILL help immensely, is free, and won't destroy your life with drugs:

START STRETCHING.

Start here for lower back/sciatica/leg pain:



Then try this video to build up balance, stability, and muscle in places that you don't have muscle:



The worst part about all this is that this becomes maintenance. You HAVE to do it regularly to notice the difference. I used to weigh over 300lbs and right now I'm down to 215. That website helped me do it all. No gyms, no pills, no diets, no gimmicks. If you eat clean, stretch, build strength, and concentrate on range of motion, you can stave off injuries and aging well.

Yes stretching has helped me a lot, I'd be in a lot more pain and aching without it. I've attended a lot of Physio run classes and they included a lot yoga. Also they ran a swimming class which I found the most helpful, as the water supports your body and takes the weight off your joints. Allowing you to really use your body and get your heart rate up. This and a good stretch off after is absolutely brilliant and very relieving.

I'm sorry to hear you've lost some friends to addiction, I can't imagine how that must feel. I'm currently taking some Opioid type painkillers but in a very small dose (100mg a day) for nerve pain (Sciatica) in my right leg.

The first video wont work for me but the second one looks very good and I will watch it when I get a chance too.

I'm currently trying to eat as clean as possible with lots of veg and chicken. I also have a soup maker which is very helpful and easy to use for a quick healthy meal. I've been doing a lot of mobility work, with all the stretching and exercises included. Its made a massive difference with my flexibility. But unfortunately hasn't made much of a difference to my pain levels.

Thank you for the help and keep up your hard work, as you are clearly going in the right direction. I will be doing the same and looking into those videos.

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2/5/2018 2:07 PM

After a solid day of riding say 4 or 5 hours I’m sore and old so i usually drink an 8 pack to get my muscles loosened up for the next day, works better than over the counter painkillers

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2/5/2018 2:09 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/5/2018 2:11 PM

Fraser Disney-Spiers wrote:

Yes stretching has helped me a lot, I'd be in a lot more pain and aching without it. I've attended a lot of Physio run classes and they included a lot yoga. Also they ran a swimming class which I found the most helpful, as the water supports your body and takes the weight off your joints. Allowing you to really use your body and get your heart rate up. This and a good stretch off after is absolutely brilliant and very relieving.

I'm sorry to hear you've lost some friends to addiction, I can't imagine how that must feel. I'm currently taking some Opioid type painkillers but in a very small dose (100mg a day) for nerve pain (Sciatica) in my right leg.

The first video wont work for me but the second one looks very good and I will watch it when I get a chance too.

I'm currently trying to eat as clean as possible with lots of veg and chicken. I also have a soup maker which is very helpful and easy to use for a quick healthy meal. I've been doing a lot of mobility work, with all the stretching and exercises included. Its made a massive difference with my flexibility. But unfortunately hasn't made much of a difference to my pain levels.

Thank you for the help and keep up your hard work, as you are clearly going in the right direction. I will be doing the same and looking into those videos.

Of course! Sorry about that first video, but no worries...Both of them are from a website called

www.fitnessblender.com

I started doing one of their 20 min cardio routines on November 5th 2013. By Christmas 2014 I was in the best shape of my life.

Give the videos a shot. There are more than 450 of them ranging from 5 min warmups to 2 hour workouts. And the best part?

They're all free. It's awesome.

Also, @ Mishinn - a good chiro saved me too. They are not all quacks.

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BMX over 30: Eat clean, Stretch, and Pray.

2/5/2018 2:15 PM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

For the longest time, I had problems with lower back pain/sciatica pain in my right leg. Generally, it wasn't something that was so painful that it was debilitating but I was constantly banding down to stretch out my back. Sometimes just a slow walk thru a museum or something benign like that would have me stretching in a corner. This went on for about 7 years until I was rear-ended on the freeway by a semi & my car crushed between it and another truck in front. I did the typical physical therapy & such and decided to see a chiropractor as well. He took x-rays & found that my spine, at the base of my tailbone, was shifted out about 3/8'-1/2". They worked on me starting with twice a week for about 4 weeks, then went down to once a week for a several others. Each time, they put me in a traction machine that pulled my hips and my spine in opposite directions on a& off for about 20 minutes. Now, I know this isn't a fix for everyone but I'm here to tell you, I haven't had that pain since & it's been almost 3 years now. I can't believe I waiting so long & see someone else. My family practitioner simply told me that I needed to stretch (which is a great idea) but that wasn't the be all, end all. He didn't even order x-rays. It was just a "your getting older" sort of thing. So, while it was a pain in the ass (no pun intended) having my car destroyed was one of the best things to happen to me. I guess t he moral of the story is: don't settle for one or even two opinions. My doctor wasn't really helpful in diagnosing my issue & neither were the physical therapy treatments. It wasn't until a friend recommended the chiropractor that I finally found relief.

Sciatica is a horrible pain and can make you feel like you need to stretch all the time. I find myself doing that as well and struggle to even walk around the supermarket, to do my weekly food shop. I find myself bending forwards, backwards and twisting to try and find some form of relief.

Its funny how things in life happen, I have seen a few Doctors who haven't shown a lot of interest in my injury, and have just said "there's not much I can do for you, you just need to continue with your stretching and exercises". This is very frustrating as I have been doing this for a year now with no results in terms of pain levels. I've had an MRI and three Doctors have reviewed it and come to the same diagnosis (Bulging L5/S1 disc). The last Doctor I saw diagnosed me with Arthritis in the L5/S1 'Facet' joint, if i can amend that from my first post. I've looked into the traction treatment and in the UK, the recommended treatments would cost up to £1200 or more, to get a real result from it. A little out of my price range.

I've looked a lot into Chiropractic treatments and spoken to my Doctor and Physio, who have both said they wouldn't recommended it. As it could cause more problems and also it would only have a short term effect. I have been to see a Sports Therapist for a remedial deep tissue massage, which was good and gave me a lot of relief. He also gave me some stretchers to do and explained that stretching my Soas (Hip Flexor) muscle properly, could be beneficial. It does give me a lot of relief but only for a short time. As soon as I start moving around or sit down, it flares back up again. I will definitely be looking more into Chiropractors more, as think I have exhausted most other treatment types with not much change.

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2/5/2018 2:22 PM

Fraser - Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back? We had a thread not too long ago with a couple people (myself included) that have done some real damage to our backs by being stomach sleepers.

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BMX over 30: Eat clean, Stretch, and Pray.

2/6/2018 12:50 PM

TheDarkEnergist wrote:

Fraser - Do you sleep on your side, stomach or back? We had a thread not too long ago with a couple people (myself included) that have done some real damage to our backs by being stomach sleepers.

I think growing up I always slept on my side and had no problems from doing it. But since going to see the Doctor and having all this pain, I've tried my best to sleep on my back. But struggle to stay that way all night and find my self waking up a lot. I'm only able to fall back to sleep again after if I roll onto my side annoyingly. I do know that sleeping with something under your knees to prop them up is good for relaxing your back and try that from time to time. Do you find it hard to stay on your back through the night? Its annoying how simple things like how you sleep can have such a massive effect on your body.

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2/6/2018 1:11 PM

sleep position doesn't mean as much if your mattress is a piece of shit.

Just start doing stretching a few times a day. Follow videos on youtube. Go easy and be consistent.

and drink water. Or beer, if you're Canadian . smile

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2/6/2018 2:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/6/2018 2:25 PM

pnj wrote:

sleep position doesn't mean as much if your mattress is a piece of shit.

Just start doing stretching a few times a day. Follow videos on youtube. Go easy and be consistent.

and drink water. Or beer, if you're Canadian . smile

Yeah I forgot to mention I bought a stiffer orthopedic recommended mattress. Which has made a massive difference to my back and how i feel in the morning. The videos on Youtube are very helpful and there are so many to chose from. I'm trying my best to take it easy but get so bored when I finally get to something like exercises, I sometimes do more than I probably should. Also I drink a lot of water and coffee, as I don't drink Alcohol.

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