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Old 12-28-2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Skiing after recent back injury

I was asked by some friends to go skiing with them. I told them I would go with them before thinking about my back- I had a recent injury. In September I injured my lower back. I waited a couple months for it to return to normal on its own, and when it didn't, I had physical therapy for about 5 weeks. So I finished PT at the end of November and while it's a lot better than it had been, it's still not 100%. I'd say it's about 95%. It doesn't hurt all the time but I definitely feel a little pain when I bend over or if I'm sitting a certain way for a while. Anyway, my question is if it would be too risky for me to ski with my back not being 100%. Especially since I haven't been skiing in about 15 years so I expect to be falling a lot! I don't want to re-injure it.
I'd like some input tonight if possible because we're supposed to be leaving early tomorrow morning and it's already last minute as it is to have to let them know if I'm not going.
Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-28-2011, 05:00 PM   #2
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Re: Skiing after recent back injury

I think your gut instinct already knows that you are taking a risk if you go skiing. Could you go along and sit by the fire with a good book, and join your friends for meals, and a nice walk through the woods?

Not knowing what was causing your back pain to begin with, it is hard to say much more, but unless you know how to fall so that your spine will not be jarred, and you can go down the hill in a way that is not jarring to the discs in your spine, I just don't see how it is going to help the condition of your spine.

If this were an activity you did all the time, and all the supporting muscles were finely tuned and strong, it might be less damaging. As it is, I don't know that I'd be willing to take the risk....

Good luck making your decision.

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