So I did a dumb thing and ignored some mild to moderate low back pain / hip / glute pain for a few weeks…ok maybe more like a month or two. It got progressively worse compounded by some other factors like having to sit on an airplane for long periods (always hard on my hip), stress, carrying some really heavy furniture at work. As well I’ve been working on my riding position to have a longer leg with more inward rotation, and working on hip flexor stretches and core work out of the saddle to help with this.
Three weeks ago, on a day the pain in my right hip / back was particularly annoying I just reached and turned slightly at work and it went into full spam, putting me on the floor in agony.
After several horrible days of pain, spasms and lots of meds, I slowly started to get some relief and mobility back with the help of physiotherapy (acupuncture, muscle stim and shockwave). Adding chiropractic has really helped as well and I started being able to do some gentle stretching and strengthening exercises.
Both the chiro and physio agree the primary problem is with my SI joint, which is then causing the irritation in my hip flexor and glute.
So now it’s 3 weeks since the day it completely gave out and can now do most things in small increments without much pain. The one thing I can’t seem to do is ride. I can get on if I’m careful swinging my leg over, and I can walk around on a long rein as long as I don’t allow my hips to follow the horse’s movement the way they usually would. Posting trot is agonizing after 5 or 6 strides. In the tiniest western jog type trot, I can sit for about 1 full 20m circle. Obviously haven’t tried canter because my hips would have to swing.
Still carrying on with chiro and physio but they don’t have any real suggestions other than being patient. And I’m trying, I swear, but thoughts I’d seek the wisdom of COTH for any other ideas on ways to lessen the pain / speed up healing.