Getting back to running/cycling after a lumbar spinal comression fracture

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Aug 2021
5:46pm, 20 Aug 2021
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Alex B
In a nut shell, back in March, two days before my fiftieth birthday, I was knocked off my bike by an older car driver and suffered an L1 vertebral compression fracture. Fortunately, there were no neurological complications and it is healing without the need for surgery. I find that my back is more achey in general, particularly with prolonged standing (which I have to do at work) and if I do manual tasks, such as gardening, which I used to do without any issue. Cycling also causes an ache after about 45 minutes. I have never really had back problems, and the consultant has no issues with non impact sports and exercise, but said that I should avoid running for 9 months. I have been pretty good and barely ran a step until the past 2-3 weeks when parkrun started back up. Running itself is no issue and I can't really notice any difference in how my back feels, whether I run or not, so my question is: anyone else out there been in this position? and how have you managed to get back (or not) to running in the medium to long term?

Prior to this accident, I was a 20-25 mile a week runner and was ticking over waiting for events to get started. It's all very frustrating!
Aug 2021
6:09pm, 21 Aug 2021
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sorry I don't have any advice. Sounds like you've made a great recovery and I can understand your caution in getting back to running :/ Giving the thread a bump in case there are knowledgeable people around...
Aug 2021
6:19pm, 21 Aug 2021
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No specific advice beyond lots of sympathy... but is there any chance of your GP (or the hospital) referring you to a specialist physio for advice on buiiding up your core muscle strength / stability?
Aug 2021
6:31pm, 21 Aug 2021
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I had to have fusion surgery L4-L5 12 (?) years ago after a total disc prolapse, and did have neurological complications with it. I have gone on to do Ironman triathlon amongst other things - but currently sidelined due to arthritis in my ankle.

I would take the advice of your consultant and *** wait until 9 months before you run again *** and also agree 100% with Dooogs about doing pilates or core strength exercises . Dead Bugs are excellent :-) :-)
Aug 2021
7:16pm, 21 Aug 2021
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Wow, not been in the camp but as a para athlete work perminent nerve complication I might have a few relatable ideas.

First, hope the insurance payout let's you retire.

Second probably, the long lay off accounts for the aches? I'd advocate Pilates and yoga etc to build back up slowly.

Maybe set the bike up a bit less extreme until you get back on it fully.

And build up slowly.

To much to quick will Knock you back quickly.

Also, don't be prop yourself up on painkillers, in the long run it's a disaster.

Bit yeah, never stop trying just don't go daft and good luck man.
Sep 2021
7:54am, 4 Sep 2021
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Alex B
Thanks for the replies. I'll keep plugging away. Cycled to work three times this week. Laid off the running for 10 days. Trying to incorporate more planks/ core stuff into my routine. Trying not to think about all the lovely events going on and my deferred London Marathon place for 2022! Lol

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