Rehab for fractured spine

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by Boar Barrel, May 1, 2017.

  1. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    I have "moderately large" disc hernias in L4 & L5 discs. But normally I have no pain, luckily.
    * When I backpack I make sure about 85 - 90% of the pack weight is on my hips (waist belt). This, of course, requires a decent frame in the pack and a good padded hip belt. The newer hip belts tighten by pulling inward on the two belt straps because this is the easiest way to tighten them (as opposed to pulling outward). Some of the very best hip belts have two inward adjusting straps on each side so you can better adjust the belt to fit your hip structure. This is especially important for women's hips.

    "Lift" straps at the top of your padded shoulder straps , running from the shoulder strap to the pack at or near the frame, help pull the top of the pack in toward your back on steep uphills or let it out to give you better balance on downhills.

    Getting achey shoulders after a few hours on the trail? Learn to adjust your shoulder strap tightness, lift strap/pack angle and hip belt. A different adjustment in these locations will likely give you some relief from the previous adjustment.

    Eric B.
     
  2. Boar Barrel

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    I started going to physical therapy and I do back stretches everyday now for about 20 minutes a day and that has helped a lot. Even when I go to the range I do stretches. Some people look at me like I am crazy but the Army guys that go to my range and the middle age guys like me know whats going on and all agree it makes a difference. I have also discovered shooting prone helps out with my back. The orthopedist I am seeing says it's important for me to keep active and has suggested I go on a couple of back packing trips. I use to go all the time before I had kids. I think it is time to go again. My wife bought for me about a month ago some kind of Kuiu back pack and all though I haven't really messed a round with it yet it seems to be pretty light and well made. I'm just not sure if it is worth what she paid for it, but I won't say anything to her about it. It is the thought that counts. Now if I can just get my rifle's weight down without having to spend an arm and a leg.
     
  3. Subjb1

    Subjb1 New Member

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    43 here. I had the L5-S1 fused December of 2013 for a fractured L5. Almost lost my job due to the recovery time. We tried numerous conservative approaches prior to the fusion. It was a long hard road, but I made a full recovery. I've deadlifted 450 and squatted 400 since then, kickboxed, wrestled, and done jiu jitsu..

    As some mentioned chiropractors can be good and bad. I found a great one that I trust and has never done me wrong. The same can be said with physical therapists. I had one that took such a light approach before my surgery that my back got way worse than when I started with him due to muscle atrophy.

    Youtube Dr. Stu Mcgill ( ). The guy is a back pain wizard. As far as exercise, variations of planks are perfect. Youtube them. There are dozens. Don't do any twisting moves, crunches, or sit ups to start out with other than things that Dr. Mcgill or other vetted experts recommend.
     
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  4. gspman1

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    I know this is kinda an older post but i just came across it. I am too a fusion survivor..(L4/L5/S1) My current state is better than before my surgery... sympton wise. But i also have Lumbar and Thoracic Stenosis and Arthritus its been seriously kicking my butt this entire past year.
    I have hunted Idaho (Tex Creek) numerous times in the past successfully and plan to in the future, My son and i also have been buying WY point for Elk and Mule deer.
    Losing all of any extra weight, physical therapy and training for hiking are now 1st priority. Hopefully i can get it done asap.
    I told my son I will never again be in great shape, but i will be in the best shape i can get too.
    It sucks
     
  5. gspman1

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    *WY points
     
  6. rodneymoncrief

    rodneymoncrief Well-Known Member

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    The main to remember is to start slow and never give up. I ruptured 2 disc in my neck in 2008, it was 6 months before I had spinal fusion surgery. I had a lot of nerve damage and muscle atrophy due to my spine shifting and putting pressure on my spinal cord. In January 2010 I decided to do something to get what I had back, so I joined a gym for the first time ever. It was a long painful road back, but after several months I started to get my strength and stamina back. Now I can do what ever I want pain free. I train 5 days a week, I go mountain hunting somewhere every fall, to treat myself for all the hours of training. No, I can't run as fast and am not as strong as I was before my injury, but I have more determination than ever.