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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2019, 06:57:44 AM »
Heal well and quickly surfafrica!

Thanks TD.... this got my attention:
"She said my pelvis is being pulled down by my tight hamstrings (and mine ARE!)
which was causing the Sciatic nerve to be pinched right at the L5/S1.
When I work the muscles loosen up and the pelvis would move back into position.
As soon as I quit working, the muscles would tighten"



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I dropped 85 lbs... life changed forever.

Hopefully this thread will kick me into Stretching!
Something I have always known I need.... but have been simply too lazy.

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2019, 11:54:44 AM »
Best of luck with your back and please keep us updated on how you are doing. Also, thanks for posting this and thanks to everyone for all the info.

I had injured my back about 10yrs ago ( L5:S1) and it ended up requiring surgery. It had been bothering me again over the summer and has increasingly gotten worse. Have not been able to surf and had just been thinking about posting on here for advice. I haven't been on here for a few days and when I checked back in you had posted this and pretty much covered it all.

In regards to the microdiscectomy, that is what I had and mine has been fine for years up until now. I reinjured it at work, had to move a lot of heavy stuff and if it were not for that it would probably still be fine from the original repair.

I am going to look up the books, etc that have been recommended here as well.

CJ8: Sorry to hear about the relapse. I highly recommend those two books by Stuart McGill that Ninja posted: Back Mechanic and Gift of Injury. I'd start with Gift of Injury for the inspiration and some context, and then move to Back Mechanic to dive a bit deeper into his stuff.  I've read both cover to cover and am going to be seeing one of clinicians Dr. McGill trained later this month.  I've been managing my back for the past 7 years and have seen more clinicians than I can count, but Dr. McGill's work gives a new direction--one backed by science and one that makes a lot of sense based on what has and hasn't helped me since the original injury.
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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2019, 10:06:27 PM »
One more resource:
https://backincontrol.com/

Dr David Hanscomb knows a thing or two about backs. And his approach is quite different but he is the real deal.

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2019, 07:29:03 PM »
After having a discectomy 4 years ago, I have to say that I feel great. But I do exercise and stretch as part of my regular routine. Something I didn't do enough of before things went south. I also do a lot of balance and core exercises which when combined with paddle surfing really keep my back well defended. I do need to work on my hamstrings and lower back a bit more, as I feel them tightening up.

Overall, I think more activity with proper technique is the best way keep the back pain/sciatica at bay.
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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2019, 12:57:15 PM »
SurfAfrica - Didn't mean to hijack your thread and thanks again for the suggestions. Going to check for the books and my PT starts this Wednesday so we will see what happens next.

Some friends and I have been to Costa Rica a few times to surf and have reservations again in early March. Hoping that the PT, etc. can get me to a point that I can SUP/surf without risking further damage and I don't have to cancel the trip.

On a positive note, after discovering SUP and this forum, and seeing videos/photos of you all from here and the wide age range of SUPsurfers with and without back issues..... I am very optimistic that SUP will extend my surfing years beyond what I was expecting to have from just prone surfing. I really enjoy it and here in NC it has increased my wave count considerably by turning a lot of marginal surf days into surprisingly fun sessions.

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2019, 11:25:07 AM »
Hijack away!  If I could, I'd rename this thread "back health"....the more contributors the better.

Oh man....I know what that feels like...."gotta get ready for March".   I feel like every other year I'm in that same boat working on some injury for a March trip!   
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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2019, 05:15:08 PM »
I can definitely empathize!  I had a successful microscopic-discectomy during high school performed in New York which addressed a lot of the shooting pain down the leg...etc.  Interestingly, even after surgery and the requisite Physical Therapy, I always felt like I had to baby my back to avoid stiffness, pain...etc.  It wasn't until I discovered Iyengar Yoga, Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and SUP that I never had to worry about my back again.  If you haven't tried Iyengar Yoga, I would highly recommend it--the specific focus on alignment (and use of props so that it is maintained) and the fact that you can check into teacher's specific levels of certifications is gamechanging for people with injuries over other forms of yoga.

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2020, 06:56:38 AM »
 Hey gang, hope all are well starting out the new year!

SurfAfrica - How is the back doing?

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2020, 02:00:14 PM »
SurfAfrica - How is the back doing?

Thanks for asking.  I just started on Stuart McGill's protocol a couple of weeks ago.  I saw one of his trusted guys over here on the west coast.  Looks like I have damage to my L5 (probably disc, bone, and ligaments) and some joint laxity that needs some serious stabilization.  I've started a prescription of core stabilization exercises that I need to do daily for 3-6 months.  Hopefully at some point in that time frame, I'll be ready to progress to some more training (with an eye to get back to biking and surfing).  They stress the importance of consistency (daily, not just a few times per week) and patience--it takes time for the tissues to change.  Fingers crossed.
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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2020, 09:36:57 AM »
For you SA, and others who may no longer be 21...  UCSF has some pretty interesting series of videos.  This one on the spine was only short of a decent discussion on stenosis, but gives JoeAvg a pretty clear idea of what happens when they cut you.

https://www.uctv.tv/shows/The-Aging-Spine-Updates-in-Diagnosis-and-Treatment-34793

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2020, 10:38:31 AM »
I have had chronic pain in my lower back and over the past year 5 years, my doctor finally found what it was about 2 years ago. Facet joints that deteriorated from all the impact from kiting over the years so the nerve gets inflamed and then it bed riddens me for a week. So I've been doing the steroid injection and I get about a year of no pain. Planning to burn the nerve out soon as a permanent fix. So don't rule those out when you go. I had a herniated disc and the facet at the same time so once the disc went down and I still had pain, the doc found the issue.