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Old 2006-08-05, 02:07 PM   #1
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Lower back pain - is it just me?

I just got in from a 9.4 mile ride on my 28" Sun and averaged a little over 7 mph. I had to stop every two miles to ease the pain in my lower back. At one point I stopped into a drug store and bought some ibuprofen. After five minute rest stops, the pain goes away for a while. It seems to be most pronounced when climbing hills. I don't know if this is normal, bad posture, or just a sign of age. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Old 2006-08-05, 02:24 PM   #2
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THIS MIGHT HELP

geeze USE THE SEARCH FEATURE.

nah i'm joking i hate using search. earlier tonight i was looking through the last pages and i found this. thought it might be of interest even if it is a few years old.

i used to get lower back pain but it's stopped now
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Old 2006-08-05, 03:38 PM   #3
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I just got in from a 9.4 mile ride on my 28" Sun and averaged a little over 7 mph. I had to stop every two miles to ease the pain in my lower back.
Any history here? Is this the first time you rode 9.4 miles, or is this a usual thing and only the back pain is new?

Anyway, old folks, or those who think they are getting old, should listen to their body. Sounds like you did.

I have a bad lower back. The best treatment for me are the exercises in a book called "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie.

But just riding a unicycle down a road should not cause back problems. It might just expose one as the support muscles tire due to exercise.

That is a pretty fast pace on a 28" unicycle. You could also slow down and see if that helps.
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Old 2006-08-05, 04:47 PM   #4
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Any history here? Is this the first time you rode 9.4 miles, or is this a usual thing and only the back pain is new?
I've done a couple 12 miles rides and noticed some lower back discomfort but not quite like this. Over the past couple of months my lower back has been sore upon waking up. A few Advil seems to help. If I'm playing golf, the first one or two holes it's noticeable but not after that. I'm kind of kicking around the idea of riding 60km on my 60th birthday in October but not if pain is too much.

I'll look into the McKenzie book. Thanks!
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earlier tonight i was looking through the last pages and i found this. thought it might be of interest even if it is a few years old.

i used to get lower back pain but it's stopped now
I appreciate the link.
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Old 2006-08-05, 04:56 PM   #5
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At ~50, my first year of riding a unicycle any distance, I often had back pain. Usually woke up that night ~3-4am briefly noticing an aching lower back, better in the morning, and usually by the following night fine again. It seemed to be a healthy cycle of building strength and not a degenerative one.

Good luck

Added, now riding for about 3 years, lower back pain does not happen.
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Old 2006-08-05, 05:02 PM   #6
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i'm young and i used to get back pain when unicycling or after unicycling. it wasn't incredibly painful, but it was noticable. however, i improved my posture and it disappeared. still i do agree with crashing because whenever i go past my usual limit of riding it sometimes crops up. it's probably just your back strengthening or bad posture.
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Old 2006-08-05, 05:19 PM   #7
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I've had some back problems... wether unicycle related or not I'm not sure. But I did dislocate a rib from my spine at NAUCC. And I have a pinched nerve, in my lower back, in the hip/pelvis area.


And of course I get just the general back soreness. I don't know what to say about it, except maybe posture while riding might have something to do with it? Is there a correct way to sit while riding for long periods of time? Most of the riding I do is street and trials stuff though, with some muni.
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Old 2006-08-05, 05:20 PM   #8
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At ~50, my first year of riding a unicycle any distance, I often had back pain. Usually woke up that night ~3-4am briefly noticing an aching lower back, better in the morning, and usually by the following night fine again. It seemed to be a healthy cycle of building strength and not a degenerative one.

Good luck

Added, now riding for about 3 years, lower back pain does not happen.
That's encouraging. I tend to slack off and not ride for a couple weeks and then go out and do 6 or 7 miles. Riding more regularly may alleviate the problem.
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Old 2006-08-05, 05:27 PM   #9
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Well, probably you should regularly do the exercise which is described on the
almost last page on "The Unicycle Magazine" :-)

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Old 2006-08-05, 05:34 PM   #10
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I have these problems after doing some trialing with lots of big hops (80cm+), it's probably the snap up movement of tucking. I think I'll be trying the tips in Uni...
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I think you should try experimenting with seat height, and crank length. I think that might have a factor with back pain.
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I'm onley riding 1-2 miles twice a day,being fairly new at this, but have noticed pain which I feel is related to whatever is most stressed at the time. First couple of weeks it was low back, then for acouple of months the knees stayed sore.then musculature of the upper legs.
Most recently it's been the elbows. I know that tennis players get "tennis elbow" and housewives get "telephone elbow" but I don't think "unicycle elbow" has been previously described. I presume it's the flapping and thrashing about from maintining balance and it seems to be better over the last couple of days.
I think that the most importante lesson in all this is that freequent---almost daily riding will lead to the resolution of most of these inflammatory / stress related pain syndromes. I also feel that ibuprophen is a terrific drug and the risk / bendfit ratio is probably higher than with any of the other products on the market. Always rememfer to take it with some food when possible though. (Less likely to cause gut problems.)

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Old 2006-08-05, 06:57 PM   #13
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I have pretty bad posture, and whenever I'm riding during the evening after being sedentary for most of the day, I get pain in my mid-loser back, but I just lie down on the ground for about 5 minutes, and it goes away normally
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[QUOTE=tumblebug rollin]I'm onley riding 1-2 miles twice a day,being fairly new at this, but have noticed pain which I feel is related to whatever is most stressed at the time. First couple of weeks it was low back, then for acouple of months the knees stayed sore.then musculature of the upper legs.
Most recently it's been the elbows. ... QUOTE]

I think I had a similar progression of aches as you tumblebug. I am just getting over 5-6 months of tennis elbow. For me, I think the tennis elbow was caused from hopping, aggravated by a seat front handle orientation that stressed my elbow. I've gone back to a KH front seat grip and now hope that I can work on improving my hopping again.
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