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Pillion - 6 months post discectomy

Started by Kita77 on 01/21/2010 12:07pm

Hi All, I am 32 years of age and 30th July last year I underwent a discectomy L5 S1 (disc prolapse sitting on my nerve). Had 6 months of therapy prior to that but nothing cured the pain and although this started after a car accident in 2001, I fell in January 2008 and then it just kept getting worse. 1st July 2008 I could not walk and sit and neurosurgeon confirmed I need surgery after MRI showed bad prolapse. L4, L3 & L2 are also slightly prolapsed. Surgery went well and I progressed immediately with streches and pilates however I had to stop pilates as I had pain again. Due to my sitting down job I have to keep stretching but I get a continuous neck/shoulder pain and sometimes just before my period lower back feels extremely sore. Am still stiff some mornings though not always. Was wondering if anyone of you out there love to go pillion and if you had my same condition how long did u wait? My neuro said the bike as such is not a problem, road bumps and other drivers are! Actually last year during a day trip to Sicily with our bike I did not feel any pain whatsoever! Love to hear your feedback

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This may be a stupid question, but what is pillion?

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Its riding on the back of a motorcycle. I would say if you feel good, go for it!

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1) Get an Active Back "sit disc" for use in your sitting-down job. Chances are that your orthopedic told you that you should only sit for 20 minutes at a time, rather difficult if your job keeps you in a chair. The sit disc helps strengthen muscles supporting your spine. One of my vehicles has enough head room to use the sit disc and I do, if driving for more than 20-30 minutes at a stretch.
2. Find a therapist that has some training in applied mechanics to make sure your brain does not continue to compensate for the back injury that has been surgically repaired. I learned more than 1 year post surgery for L5/S1 anterior discectomy, that my brain continued to "protect" the lower back area, causing me to function with a stiff or straight back, thereby causing dysfunction to occur in hip/pelvic area. It has taken me over 1 year to re-train my brain and return to normal function.

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Thanks all for ur replies... Was wondering what you meant by "sit disc"? i have learnt how to sit correctly (if i dont im in pain) and not wearing high heels has definitely helped. Have been on the bike 3 times now on alternate weekends and done good so far. Not long distances though.

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