I’m 24, and my back hurts. I’m tired of it. This is going to be a bit long, but I would love suggestions.
I’ve injured it a few times… about a year ago it started hurting so bad I couldn’t walk, couldn’t even stand up. I went to the doctor and she told me I was having back spasms. She gave me pain killers and muscle relaxers and told me to strengthen my abs.
Since then, I’ve had two times when I felt like I pulled a muscle and was just rotten pain for a few days. Last night one of my horses launched into some twisting bucks while I was riding, and I felt the muscle stretch and strain or something! I took some painkillers, went to the gym and walked which always helps me stretch out. I did that again this morning and it helped, but I know it won’t last and it’s already starting to hurt again.
I drive 2-3 hours a day. Sitting in my car always seems to make it worse. I currently have my seat set to pretty upright, which I have found to be the least painful.
I exercise. I lift weights several times a week. Once or twice a week I do a workout focusing on strengthening my back, things like lat pull downs, rows, good mornings, as well as squats and deadlifts, and things that focus more on the lower back but I don’t know the name of. I work my abs around 3 times a week, doing various exercises I’ve learned from magazines and websites.
I also do cardio at least once a day, typically on an elliptical, treadmill set on an incline or stairmill. And I ride horses, which is probably a negative in this case. My horse pulls very hard, which generally makes my back muscles tired. He also occasionally does something silly that twists me around like yesterday.
When ever I get hurt I’ll start taking ibuprofen and go on slow walks to loosen my back up. This seems to help. I also ice it if it hurts particularly bad.
What I’m hoping for here is some more suggestions to prevent this from happening at all! I don’t do alot of stretching, suggestions here would be great. I have tried to learn to yoga/pilates from magazines/internet, haven’t felt too successful. I cannot currently afford to take classes.
I’m also not doing much of a warmup before riding, if there is something I can do that will help I would love to know.
I’m hoping to draw on some collective wisdom here, I figure with as many readers as SDMB has, at least some have this problem and have some better suggestions to fix it.