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    how do you cope with back problems...?
    i am really suffering. hurts to walk to far. ok riding, chiropractor said it was good to ride..
    i have a twisted pelvis. and squashed discs,i am seeing the chiro every wk now, have been on and off for the last 3/4 yrs, but still in a lot of pain..
    i ride very stiff apparently. so could i be putting the ponys back out and vice versa?

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    I could give you advise if you were a horse (my old boy twisted his pelvis last winter)
    However im not sure about human backs. Sorry pointless post but I hope your back improves x

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    The only advice i can give is get a specialist to look at your back. I have now had 2 operations on mine and my specialist has said whatever i do NEVER go to a chiropractor or physio unless reffered by him. Apparently the one i did visit when i first had back problems said i hadnt got a prolapse (what the doc said) but i was just too fat, he manipulated my back and could barely walk for about a week, after a scan it was found i had a prolapse and 2 ruptured discs!!!!

    Hope you get sorted,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friesian80 View Post
    I could give you advise if you were a horse (my old boy twisted his pelvis last winter)
    However im not sure about human backs. Sorry pointless post but I hope your back improves x

    thankyou both...
    the ponys pelvis is quite often out as well...must be me doing it to him..?
    i have had a bad back for nearly 17 yrs, after my first son. i had an epidural, they think they may have put it in to high up?.
    then i have fallen of lots of horses, had a car accident hurt my back again.. plus whiplash..

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    i have a bad back - not as bad as your though! but bad enough to stop me sleeping and needing pain killers quite often. and i often can't walk properly when i get off honey as she's really too wide for me

    i'm currently seeing a back lady who does advanced remedial massage and she's doing wonders for me. can't really suggest too much though but hope it's not too bad for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by greypony View Post
    the ponys pelvis is quite often out as well...must be me doing it to him..?
    It can be quite common for a horse to mirror the same physical issues as it's rider and vice versa. So you may be causing the same issues with his pelvis BUT equally it may be him adding to your problems, so you end up going round in circles each affecting each other!!! I am guessing that he has some sort of treatment also, it may be that you need to get him treated more often, preferably at the same time you have a treatment.

    I have to have Osteo every 3-4 weeks also and give my pony regular massages, as soon as I begin to notice a change in the muscle I get him looked at by the back specialists. An older pony that I also ride sometimes has some hind limb stiffness and on these days I find it really makes my back ache and can feel a real difference.

    Any pain is horrible and backs are no exception. Most people tense up more when they are in pain which only makes it worse and again we are going round in circles!!! Pain killers and/or anti-inflamatories prior to riding may help to prevent or reduce this before it starts?
    Breathing exercises will also help as would something like yoga or pilates possibly.

    Hope you manage to find a way to beat it soon, or at least find a comfortable level.
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    Wow, old post!

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    Ooooops so it is!!!

    Been a while since i been on here! Just catching up......lol

    ETA: Not many posts in the disabled section so was on first page, never thought to look at date. :-)
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    i know this is an old post, but i have been for a mri scan, i have spondylosis in my neck a bulging disc in my lower bakc, and transitinal vertabra whatever that is?... so is it safe to carry on riding?..

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    I have a squished disc in my lower back. Doc just kept giving me pain killers, no xrays, nothing. He just said it was muscular.
    2 weeks ago, in desperation, I booked in to see a chiro. He examined me, asked loads of questions about everything (something doc never did), and xray'd me. He refused to do any manipulation until studying xrays in detail. In the meantime he told me to take it easy because my reflexes on my right side were very "quiet". I had never had such a thorough examination before from my gp. This was on the thursday. On the tuesday I went back to discuss the results. He showed me the xray and you can clearly see the disc is near none existant and is putting pressure on the nerves. I have been instructed NOT to ride, or drive the pony, he even told me to get someone else to do horses but I have no one, so have promised to only do what I must. I have since been going 3 x a week for gentle manipulation to release the muscle tension and get fluid moving to stop any further degeneration. For the first time in a long time I was able to clip my own toenails the other night (gross I know but I was happy to at last be mobile enough to do it without OH help).
    The damage to the nerves and discs is permanent, but it can be slowed down and maybe even stopped if the pressure from my inflamed and seized muscles can be relieved, I cannot help but think that I have been let down once again by a gp (I have been going for years complaining of back problems), if he had asked the right questions and done a thorough exam, I may not be grounded as I am now for the foreseeable future.
    I will be back on horseback eventually, if I am careful now then hopefully it will be by the summer.
    Talk to who ever referred you for your scans about what and how much you should be doing, your back and your spine control everything, you need to make sure you are not aggravating the condition further.

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