Recovering from a back injury
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Hi spark friends, it's been awhile. I'm finally on the mend from a lower back injury. What I thought was sciatica turned out to be a condition called sacroiliitis (sacro-ill-e-itis).
Just to brief those who don't know what that is:
The sacroiliac (SI) joint is a very irregularly shaped joint located where the ilium (hip bone) and the sacrum (tail bone) meet. The joint has very little motion; however, the limited motion it does have is very important to the proper functioning of the lumbar spine, as well as the hip.
The SI joint is susceptible to traumatic (sudden, forceful injury) and inflammatory conditions. Common causes of injury are slips or falls; however, it also can be "injured" by overuse. Overuse can result from frequent and prolonged bending or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, intense pain can arise from doing something as simple as bending over to pick up a pencil or tie a shoe.
Believe it or not, I bent over to pick up something in the wrong way and was out of work since last Thursday. Today is Sunday and I am feeling MUCH better. When I went to the chiropractor, I was x rayed and he saw that my lower back and hips were thrown out of alignment. He snapped everything back, gave me simple stretching exercises to do, and put an ice pack on. Fortunately I didn't have to take any Rx meds, just over the counter ( such as Aleve).
Tomorrow morning I go for my follow-up visit and to get the ok to return to work. I miss working out. Right now the best I can do is take my walks s-l-o-w-l-y and do the recommended stretching. If there is anyone that has any other work-out suggestions, I would love to hear it. Thanks