I got a 20" Torker LX for Christmas. I still require a wall/fence/bridge to hold onto to go very far, so I have been learning to ride on days it is not too snowy on the bridge by my house. I’ve had only one particularly bad spill that left me in serious groin pain for 10+ minutes, but other than that I’ve manage to land on my feet.
I had my yearly checkup today and my doctor says I have a hernia. He seemed totally unconcerned about unicycling and was sure that no amount of racking myself with my unicycle or falling off would cause this or make it significantly worse. However, he is not a unicyclist and I thought maybe someone here may know a bit more about hernias and unicycles.
Does anyone think I should definitely avoid riding my unicycle until after my surgery? I see a 4 year old thread where experienced unicyclers said it would be 5 weeks or so after my surgery before they could/should ride again… but they are experienced unicyclers, maybe learning to ride is more likely to cause injury and I should wait longer?
I’m bummed about being injured and probably not learning to ride my unicycle for a while, but I guess January is a better time to be stuck inside than May or June!
Thank you for the advice! I’ll ask him about mountain biking… that seems to make my legs ache about as much as practicing my unicycle. Although I suspect it is totally different muscles that are aching.
It could depend on the type of hernia. If this is the “turn your head and cough” type then racking yourself probably will not make it worse. I do think that all the stress of carrying your weight on your legs while learning to unicycle could make it worse.
Learning to ride a unicycle is physically stressful.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I speak only from personal experience.
Talk to your doctor. Do what the doctor says. Be sure to describe the leg/groin stress involved. The mountain biking comparison sounds good but tell the doctor unicycling is harder than mountain biking.
Hmm…I think if it were me, I wouldn’t want to risk it. It seems like a better idea to just take the time off now and get healthy as fast as you can so that you can get back to unicycling as fast as possible rather than risk making it worse (and possibly increasing your recovery time). Of course a doctor’s opinion would be best.
I talked to my surgeon yesterday. He agreed with my doctor that unicycling or biking or jogging would not be a problem while I wait for surgery. He said I would need to avoid it after surgery though. I currently have a minor inguinal hernia, so other people’s hernias mileage may vary.
There is supposed to be good weather this weekend, so I will work on mastering going in a straight line with no wall!