After getting a hard time from a large number of people I know (and even some random commenters on this blog) – I decided that I should look elsewhere for help with my lower back. I mean – my chiropractor told me not to do yoga (and while I agree that yoga could potentially hurt you if you’re pushing yourself well past your physical limits, overall I disagree that yoga is bad. I just can’t accept that).
I got some prodding from my manager (actually – I think he told me that I was being “bone-headed”) about seeking true physical therapy for my back pain.
I called up a rehabilitation center (recommended by my manager) and they suggested that I get a referral from my general physician (just to make sure my bases are covered in terms of insurance coverage). So I made an appointment with my sort of general physician.
She asked me a series of questions and poked my butt cheeks (and all over my back) to find pain. She also asked me if it burned while I peed. After I got over being offended (what was she implying?!) – I found out that back pain can sometimes be related to urinary tract infections. So there you go – fun fact for the day.
My doc confirmed a lower back strain and prescribed a muscle relaxer and some prescription strength ibuprofen.
Today was my first visit with the physical therapist. And it was magic. He massaged my back, hooked me up to an electric stimulation machine (with heat) and gave me some back stretches to do as “homework”. One of the recommended exercises was the yoga “child’s pose” move and this is something the chiropractor told me to avoid! WTF! When I told the therapist this he rolled his eyes and said, “That just doesn’t make any sense.”
There was more conversation around my visit and why chiropractic care works for some things but not all as well as other issues I may have with weak muscles, tight hips, etc. but I won’t bore you with the details.
I’m just hoping that I’m on my way to a full recovery and that I can go back to leading an active and pain free life! Oh – and I hope to start yoga soon especially since I purchased a one month unlimited yoga coupon for Charm City Yoga!
Lastly – this weekend was gorgeous, wasn’t it? Despite my shithead neighbors (and these are ones I haven’t complained about before) trying to argue with me and Jeremy over parking, I had a marvelous weekend. I even went for my first OUTDOOR jog on Sunday and managed to cover 3.5 pain free miles. Wahoo!
I asked the PT if I should avoid running but he said that as long as I’m not in pain that I could keep it up. I like this guy even more.