Originally Posted by Decreate
How long did it take to heal? Its been close to a year now for me and although the pain is not as great as it was in the beginning, there is still a bit of pain when I try to bend forward or when I stand up after sitting in a chair for a while.
Now days I have a friend who is a Chiropractor. He spent a session with me where you walk and he holds your pelvis top to see if there is any wrong side to side movement. He then does the same test while holding on to a sector of your lower back.
What can happen in back damage is two fold, The muscles will get tight like a suspension bridge to try and bring everything back to normal. This is a protective mechanism of the body. Over the years as the muscles keep tightening you have the back pull other parts in a chain reaction.
In time the tight muscle "cure" for an out of place section ends up with maybe three different posture issues.
The second area that can happen over years is a fusion of two vertebrae. The fusion can be irreversible when the bones become one single non bending object out of two angling bones.
The less problematic semi fusion can be pulled apart by the Chiropractor. The body has a feed back system where after the communication is started up again in a damaged area the body can heal it back as normal as long as it was not abnormal for too long.
The third issue can be from slipped or herniated disks. These can be crushed or compacted into a different shape or just slip out over an area when the edge area is torn down.
This is the areas of how I understand back damage.I am no expert am not giving anyone advise. I may not have a clue as to what I am taking about here.
There are many different levels of damage to the back. Some fixable some not. I don't even know what I had? I did not go to a Chiropractor for my issues but an M.D.
The M.D. way is to give you muscle relaxers which slow down the "pulling" response your body is naturally doing. They can give you electronic muscle work-out devices which cause your back muscle to be exercised synthetically.
The M.D. way is also to give you stretching exercises and a daily routine like sit-ups and leg lifts to strengthen your back muscles. We all know they also can perform surgery in extreme cases, putting pins in and stuff.
After a couple years of sleeping on a hard mattress and being super careful in the gym my back problems went away. The only time they flair up is if I try to ride a bike again after prolonged abstinence from cycling. After a week it gets used to the bike again and the pain goes away foe as long as I am riding and getting in shape. I would get multiple views and try and decide what to do if anything. At times though from what I have witnessed, bad stuff can also happen from waiting too long and not having it fixed by a Chiropractor.
Edited by Redcarmoose - 7/25/12 at 9:00pm