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Offline ecclesrec

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It ain't getting any better..
« on: Oct 19, 2014, 17:56:33 »
Recent back issues and and waiting for the results of my latest MR scan I managed lock the 3 vertebrae below my neck last week. 2 physio sessions in the day just to release them so I could move. Ended up have a bio-mechanics screening to see if there are any musko-skeletal issues etc.

Got the report back...makes sorry reading.

Range of Movement:
Limited Thoracic (trunk) extension and right rotation.
Tightness in pecs /lats especially on left.
Tight hams / gluts especially on left.
Minor/Moderate Lsp limitation mostly related to muscle tightness.
Possible implications for golf swing:
Limited back swing due to thoracic spine stiffness leading to compensations including lumbar spine / pelvis dissociation.
Possible difficulty maintaining neutral pelvis / spinal angle through swing.
Possible increased strain on lumbar spine and shoulders
Core Stability:
Weakness over gluts esp glut max /med
Fair stability around scapula
Good range and control of double squat
Reduced dynamic stability / control single leg squats / lunges
Possible implications for golf swing:
Limited single leg balance could reduce weight transference and balance on full back swing and finish


Goals of treatment:
Priorities:
Further assessment of balance with bosi/wobble board.
Improve flexibility especially thoracic extension / rotation
Improve single leg balance / dynamic stability
Improve lumbar spine / pelvic dissociation


Exercises:
Seated Thoracic Rotation Stretch
Kinetic Chain Lunges. Perform lunge while lifting arms above your head and pulling the band outwards.
Thoracic extension over exercise ball
Gluteal muscles squeezes / prone leg lifts

On a monthly maintenance schedule so that I am making sure that I am doing the necessary just to be able to function and get to work. I am in Year 2 now which is not helping!



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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #1 on: Oct 19, 2014, 18:11:47 »
That sounds terrible, will additional excercies help or are you now being forced down the unwanted surgery route?
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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #2 on: Oct 19, 2014, 18:30:40 »
That sounds terrible, will additional excercies help or are you now being forced down the unwanted surgery route?

The exercises are designed to help with mobility and flexibility in the main but the glute work is essential to stop the hamstring tightness. The last time I went for the MR scan the surgeon said absolutely no to surgery. As you know my brother is an anesthetist and he always maintains unless it is life threatening you should never go under the knife! His best friend and colleague is a surgeon and he went under the knife for back surgery (he was a lot worse than me) and basically after 3 weeks he was back under the knife again. It is a nightmare scenario.

Hopefully the work I will out in every month with a visit will help. Too many times before there has been too much to do and it was a case of quantity rather than quality. So, I only have a few exercises to do each month.

Will see what happens...


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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #3 on: Oct 19, 2014, 18:34:07 »
I feel for you. I can heartily recommend Esther Gokale's book on back pain.
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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #4 on: Oct 19, 2014, 21:34:45 »
God I feel a lot better about my back now, even managed 8 holes yesterday.
I have to go for a clinical assessment on21st Nov but there is no way I'm going under the knife, don't mean to sound pessimistic but my mate lost the use of his left leg so NO WAY.

Hope they manage to sort you out, all the best

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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #5 on: Oct 22, 2014, 09:07:15 »
Puts my achey back into perspective. Best of.

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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #6 on: Nov 15, 2014, 11:55:39 »
Visit to neurosurgeon has revealed something known as paraspinal muscular atrophy stage iv. A recessive disease that causes muscle weakness via genetic defect. Coupled with degenerative discs. One has gone and another starting its degeneration. So pain management and core work for the rest of my days!

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« Reply #7 on: Nov 15, 2014, 12:24:15 »
That all sounds very serious!  I know it is serious but I hope reading it makes it sound more dramatic than it is.  Anyway I hope that your pain and movement can be managed to give you a good quality of life and that golf is part of that.  Sounds like you will need plenty of time to do whatever stretching, exercising etc. that is required.  For my part I have found it is about balance - too much golf or too much exercise makes things worse but when I get the balance right all is OK.  A good bed, sitting properly and a comfortable car also help!
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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #8 on: Nov 15, 2014, 16:21:02 »
I feel for you. I can heartily recommend Esther Gokale's book on back pain.

This book is quite quirky!
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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #9 on: Nov 15, 2014, 16:40:35 »
Visit to neurosurgeon has revealed something known as paraspinal muscular atrophy stage iv. A recessive disease that causes muscle weakness via genetic defect. Coupled with degenerative discs. One has gone and another starting its degeneration. So pain management and core work for the rest of my days!

Sorry to hear that :(

David, the book is a little out there but its worked so well for me. I'm quite into the whole living like our ancestors thing though.
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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #10 on: Nov 16, 2014, 08:44:34 »
Puts my achey back into perspective. Best of.

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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #11 on: Nov 16, 2014, 18:09:47 »
That all sounds very serious!  I know it is serious but I hope reading it makes it sound more dramatic than it is.  Anyway I hope that your pain and movement can be managed to give you a good quality of life and that golf is part of that.  Sounds like you will need plenty of time to do whatever stretching, exercising etc. that is required.  For my part I have found it is about balance - too much golf or too much exercise makes things worse but when I get the balance right all is OK.  A good bed, sitting properly and a comfortable car also help!

Thanks. The doctor basically said that my does not start until I have completed my exercise routine. So it is a 5am start for me these days! Wake up, brush teeth and glass of water and away I go. My shoulders and neck are also problematic and the problems probably started due to poor thoracic spine mobility. Lower back started to compensate for lack of movement and troubles occurred.

The exercises are causing issues as the body does not like being put into the correct positions now that it is use to being in the "comfortable" position. Niggles keep occurring I suppose like the long term injured footballer...

Going to have to do it now as my job will cause me problems as i'm teaching the little ones now! Will be going for an epidural soon to try and relieve the inflammation.

I keep picking up the clubs at home now and again just thinking I can get on plane but still coming over the top....but who cares!

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Re: It ain't getting any better..
« Reply #12 on: Nov 16, 2014, 21:58:36 »
Good luck and stick to the 'official' advice - it is very easy to start thinking it is not working and/or listen to others and find yourself doing the wrong stretches and/or doing them incorrectly.
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