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Sid_Vicious
06-04-2004, 09:52 AM
I wondered if it is good or bad to pursue pool(I've been real slow in playing at all these days) after I now have a new recurring ailment, a sharp, crisp ping of pain at the lower left of my spinal column which make me have to walk crooked till it gets unkinked. It is worse when I get up for the day, when I get up from the computer after sitting a bit, and especially after I do a simple task such as stoop to work on my motorcycle. It does "walk off", but seems to be getting slower in doing that as time goes by. You reckon more pool instead of less is good for me? No jokes guys, I have gone from 3-4 days playing a week to only one, and I'm wondering if the exercise I'm missing there may be part of the problem. OR I AM WONDERING if getting back into the sport more might just make things worse. Thoughts???sid

Rich R.
06-04-2004, 10:03 AM
Sid, I have some back problems myself and I find that playing pool helps to stretch my back and reduces any pain and stiffness that I have. I always feel better in the morning, if I have played some pool the night before.

I highly recommend that you get an appointment with an orthopedic specialist and let him examine you. Chances are good that a little physical therapy and some daily stretching exercises will make you feel a lot better.
It works for me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

cheesemouse
06-04-2004, 10:19 AM
Sid,

Do you carry a billfold in your back pocket??? If you do start carrying it in your front pocket for a week and see if the pain goes away...sitting on a full billfold can, over the years effect some nerves in your back and spinal column

Just an outside chance.......

Nostroke
06-04-2004, 10:50 AM
Yea- I noticed that. 5 years ago i got fed up with the bulky wallet thing. I cleaned out the wallet of all the crap, i took 1/4 of an index card and wrote down all the necessary miles, club, membership numbers etc and bought a slim credit card holder w moneyclip, put the index card in plus license, one CC, a benefits card and that's it. The original wallet sits in the drawer with all the crap in it. Works good for me.

Rod
06-04-2004, 11:30 AM
I agree Rich, I've had lower back surgery. Recently I found my right leg and foot would burn and hurt. I thought oh no that disc is going to give me problems again. Watching a therapist one night on the golf channel, I learned something I really already knew.

Stretch the hamstrings is one of the best exercises you can do for the lower back. I lay on my back then lift one leg with a towel under my foot. Keeping my leg straight I raise my leg to stretch the back side. I keep my knee bent on the other leg and switch sides and hold it for 15 seconds. I did this for three days and it all went away. Now I just do it a couple of times a week and absolutely no problems.

I actually did this in physical therapy after my surgery except with my hands. It had been long enough, I just forgot. But I like the new way better, probably because it is easier. LOL For those that want to try or have lower back problems, just do it watching TV or something rather than setting aside time. That never works because most people are to lazy and never start. LOL

Rod

Sid_Vicious
06-04-2004, 12:00 PM
So the consensus is that pool won't hurt it and that letting the sharks lighten my wallet may actually help! The pain just shifted about 8" lower and to the left ;-)

Just kiddin', thanks everyone. sid

sigep1967
06-04-2004, 12:03 PM
Sid have you every been to a bone cracker? I had a similar problem about a year ago when I was shooting alot of 3d archery and finally had to go get an adjustment. I had always been able to crack my own back but this was in the lower left right above my tailbone and I couldn't get it to crack. After he twisted me in a knot I was able to pop it myself and have been pain free every since. Oh I injured it jumping off the house onto a trampoline because the ladder fell down /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

SpiderMan
06-04-2004, 12:22 PM
Hey Sid, is your wallet fat enough to cause that? Maybe "back pain" could become a new "babe magnet".

SpiderMan

SpiderMan
06-04-2004, 12:25 PM
Sid,

I believe long periods of pool do aggravate a back condition, because you tend to always curl the spine in one direction.

In your case, being nearly perfectly ambidextrous, you could probably alternate left- and right-handed play and get some theraputic advantage similar to walking.

SpiderMan

nAz
06-04-2004, 12:43 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> Sid, I have some back problems myself and I find that playing pool helps to stretch my back and reduces any pain and stiffness that I have." "

daily stretching exercises will make you feel a lot better.
It works for me. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Sid i have the same problems in my lower back right side and my neck from time to time. i find that if i do not just jump out of bed in the morning and do some lite stretching i am good to go for the rest of the day, before i play i will do it again and before i go to bed. to me pool is like any other sport you need to warm up your body as well as your mind before you get into the game.

Naz~~ back hurts sitting in this chair while i type this out.

Wally_in_Cincy
06-04-2004, 01:04 PM
oh what the heck. as a veteran back pain sufferer I'll throw my 2 cents in...

Rod's hammy stretch is good. also in the same position pull both your knees up toward your chest keeping the small of your back pressed against the floor.

never, ever sleep on your stomach. if you sleep on your side put a pillow between your legs to keep your spine aligned. if you're hurting bad try to sleep on your back with your 2 or 3 pillows under your calves with knees bent.

lose weight. extra weight on your stomach stresses your back.

do proper crunches. NOT SIT-UPS. if you don't know how to do a proper crunch don't do anything

ibuprofen is a wonder drug.

be extra careful when you tie your shoes or trim your toenails.

Rod
06-04-2004, 01:20 PM
Yah, what Wally said, I forgot the small of the back against the floor. It is a good stomach exercise to do that and keep your knees bent up close to you and just off the floor. Hold for 15 seconds, you won't believe how much it works the tummy if your not use to it.

Rod

Koenig
06-05-2004, 01:39 PM
I´ve done the same thing as Rod. ie stretching my leg and lower back muscles. Does wonders for me. I also lift some moderate weights twice a week, but it wasn´t until I began streching that I really felt the difference in my back.

Chris Cass
06-05-2004, 06:18 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote cheesemouse:</font><hr> Sid,

Do you carry a billfold in your back pocket??? If you do start carrying it in your front pocket for a week and see if the pain goes away...sitting on a full billfold can, over the years effect some nerves in your back and spinal column

Just an outside chance....... <hr /></blockquote>

Sure Cheese,

I'd be walking crooked if I had your billfold, no doubt. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Your right though. I myself would see a professional about that first and then, layoff pool for awhile. It's better to get right than to make it worse and never get to play.

Regards,

C.C.~~living like the Cheese. without the yellow caddy. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

bluewolf
06-06-2004, 07:09 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Sid_Vicious:</font><hr> I wondered if it is good or bad to pursue pool(I've been real slow in playing at all these days) after I now have a new recurring ailment, a sharp, crisp ping of pain at the lower left of my spinal column which make me have to walk crooked till it gets unkinked. <hr /></blockquote>

I had a back injury, not a real one, just one of those types where your back goes out when you are doing absolutely nothing, about 6 months ago. I was getting up with those spasms which did get better with 'walking it off' and I did take about a month off from pool. Then I started trying to build up my pool but could not get past an hour of play before being in pretty bad pain.

As fate would have it, while selling our condo, waiting to get into our new house etc, I did not get to play pool for six weeks. just too busy doing all the house stuff. Then when I went out to play again, my back was no longer hurting. I wonder if I did not give my body time enough to heal, wanting to get back to the table, and that six weeks finally allowed it to heal.

Food for thought anyway.

Laura