Sunday, April 9, 2006

Changes

That is my hubby! That's my hubby and I couldn't be more proud! Steve has been competing in a local men's tennis ladder and I managed to get some photos of him playing in today's match. Ever the competent athlete, he is demonstrating himself to be a quick learner and quite proficient in tennis as well as biking, windsurfing, running, swimming, and pretty much anything else athletic he tries.

Things aren't looking so bright on my side of the fence, however. A recent trip to the physical therapist regarding intensified knee and back pain whenever I get on a bike revealed that my knee joints have flared again, and now I have bulging disks in my cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine as well. As a result, my therapist and physician have both strongly recommended that I forego any significant bike riding and certainly any bike racing, particularly endurance events, for the time-being and have put me on a strict physical therapy rehab protocol. It seems that the sustained flexed spinal position required for riding a bike significantly intensifies the disk bulges and pain, so my activities have been changed to some other cross-training to include swimming and water exercises along with mechanical stretching protocols. Fortunately, the prognosis is hopeful as long as I adhere strictly to the prescribed regimen so I'm remaining optimistic.

2 comments:

  1. I say get a second opinion on that PT analysis
    did they give you any exercises to strengthen things?
    they just said, "stay off the bike?"
    they did not say....
    lets try and strengthen this and get that stronger and get a bike that fits you so that this does not happen?

    maybe you need to see a Pysical Therapist that focuses on athletes and getting althetes back into their game

    glad all is well

    I am proud of my sons too
    but they are four and two
    so I am proud of them for simple things

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  2. Hey!

    Great to hear from you! The PTs are letting me start getting back into riding again, at my own pace - just want me to make sure and do my back/knee stretching and strengthening exercises regularly and frequently, like every 30-60 minutes or so while riding or any time I feel painful "twinges". My bikes have all already been fitted and adjusted, along with my cleats so that is taken care of. It does seem to help me if I cross-train with several other activities in addition to biking - plus helps with eliminating burnout. ;-) It took me years to damage my joints to this extent, so I know it's going to take some time to heal them. I appreciate your concern and your comments, and hope all is well with you!

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