The regular medical doctor just prescribed me pain meds and charged me $120 for the 10 minute visit. So I went directly to a chiropractor who did an x-ray and found that my lower spine was way too straight, so he adjusted it back to the natural curvature and I felt a lot better after many sessions. I didn't do PT or an MRI because my health insurance didn't cover it.
So after 3 years the pain went away. If I focused I could still feel some lingering pain down the left leg, but for the most part I was OK.
Then skiing this year. A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to learn how to ski switch. The falls while learning switch twist me and I landed on my lower back once on the hardpack after catching an edge and now I'm back in pain - sort of.
After I fell I could hardly ski back down even on the groomers because every little bump would send a wave of pain to my back. I do a backwards back stretch and sleep with a towel roll under my lower back and it seems to push the disc back into place.
Today I did Beaver Creek and the first run of the day was on a groomer. I had some speed going and I hit a bit of a bump. I guess my knees where not loose enough and the shock got transferred directly to the weakest point of my spine. So again, I'm in pain.
I did a backwards stretch on the slopes and became ultra, ultra cognizant of my skiing form afterwards. I basically ski now like I would do a deadlift - butt sticking out, hips forward, lower back rounded down instead of rounded up, chest up.
(Like the middle image)
I realized that I've been skiing with improper form all this time. I skiid with my weight forward, but my back was rounded out, so any shock that my knees didn't absorb my lower back did, in a squeeze-your-disc-outwards kind of way.
Anyone else go through this? What did you do?
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