For the better part of my adult life I’ve enjoyed pain-free activities that have included a wide range of sports such as handball, tennis, skiing, running and cycling. So, when I started to develop chronic hip pain that was unresponsive to the usual intervention strategies, I was at a loss as to what remedy would make things better. So, I visited the sports medicine guys and the MRI machine. I was astounded when there before my very eyes- a L5 bulging disk that was intruding into the spinal channel. Bummer. But, at least it wasn’t cancer.
For over 40 years my strength-training regimen had included 20 reps of hip extensions on a Roman Chair with 70 pounds, I was pretty certain that the prophylactic value of this activity had prevented any number of musculoskeletal injuries along the way. But, time respects no man and my childhood scoliosis had ultimately made itself known. There was no one event that precipitated this outcome. it was, as they say, a degenerative disease. Man, I hate that one.
The treatment of the symptoms was immediately effective and well below any threshold of pain on a scale of 1-10. I barely felt anything as the physiatrist manipulated the needle to the point of pain and injected the cortisone.
Over the past two decades of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, there have been any number of athletes who have succumbed to back injuries. Your core is hugely important in all of your lifting and carrying activities. We know that strength is one of the most important dimensions of fitness in firefighting. Looking for some lesson that has some widespread applicability, don’t ignore pain. It rarely goes away on its own.
Modern day medicine has made huge gains in diagnostic technologies as evidenced by the fluoroscope picture of the needle in position. Can you imagine trying this procedure without seeing where you are? From my vantage point, if you’ve got chronic pain, take a proactive approach; you’ll be glad you did.