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Road riding after serious back injury (Wreck!!).(5 posts)

Road riding after serious back injury (Wreck!!).Car Magnet
Apr 18, 2001 2:21 PM
I was wondering if anybody has had problems riding after a serious back injury? I broke my back when a lady who was not paying attention cut me off (I was wearing a Mapei jersey!!). I now have metal rods and pins ( don't if they are 853, Ti, or some exotic Columbus tubing) in my back. I am determined to get back on the road but would like input from anybody who has experienced (or knows someone) this type of injury. I am stretching the whole body (Yoga) and am getting ready to do some muscle rebuilding. Just looking for input and advice. Thanks
re: Road riding after serious back injury (Wreck!!).DERICK
Apr 18, 2001 9:39 PM
I would sugest suing the hell out of that lady. After that i would send her monthly updates of your condition including copies of x-rays ,photos of your scarred up body and a written description of the pain you are experiencing.

Actually it sounds like you are on the right track. Yoga and weight training have helped me through several injuries (though none as serious as yours).Training in martial arts has also helped me avoid a lot of injuries. My training tought me how to fall without injuring my self for one.It also changes the way a person thinks under stress and when things are happening fast all around them. Anyway, that's a whole other story.

I hope you get back on the bike soon and make a speedy recovery.

best wishes
Lawsuit? Advice for insurance purposes.Car Magnet
Apr 19, 2001 11:53 AM
The lady who hit me had the minimum insurance requirement set by the state she resides in, which is $15,000. My medical bills are in excess of $80,000. The lady who hit me is 30+ years old, lives with her mother and was driving a car which was 15+ years old (I couldn't get hit by a Ferrari or Bugatti but such is my luck), so as the saying goes about stones and turnips. Now I was fortunate in the fact that I have a good amount of coverage under my auto insurance policy. So I am suing my insurance company (does anybody else see a problem here?). I would advise anybody who rides on the road to double check their insurance policy and make sure you have a good amount of bodily injury coverage. I was blessed in the fact that I was not paralyzed (My doc told me I was real close). So please everyone, make sure you have enough insurance because you never know when the person who hits you has enough or if any insurance.
re: Road riding after serious back injury (Wreck!!).DINOSAUR
Apr 19, 2001 6:56 AM
This won't be much help, I was involved in a nasty crash last year due to a blow out while descending and I fractured five ribs plus a multiple of other minor injuries. The idea that you want to start riding again indicates that you are halfway there. I did some weight training to build up my upper body for about a month, then I stopped after I started riding again. As a result my whole body became out of whack, I should have continued with the weight training a couple a days a week. Since then I have experienced a rash of injuries that have kept me off my bike. My conclusion is that my upper body never fully recovered from the crash, and I jumped back into full swing too soon. My injuries are nothing compared to yours, but I would think that you need some type of physical therapy before you start riding again. Again, just a laymans point of view, but you will probably have to always strive to keep your upper body strong. I omitted to mention stretching also.
You have a double edged sword to deal with. First you want to start riding again, second you don't want to come back too soon or you will leave yourself open for other injuries.
You need the advice of a profession on this one. My hat is off to you, I hope you get back to riding soon, and let us know how you do.

re: Road riding after serious back injury (Wreck!!).Ken56
Apr 20, 2001 10:08 AM
Dino gave some good advice about stretching, physicaly therapy and building up your muscles. I wasn't in an accident, but I had back surgery 3 1/2 years ago (laminectomy on 3 of the lower vertebrae). The surgery was in November and the doctor released me in mid January to work out in the gym. I had been using the tread mill since two weeks after the surgery. I got back on the bike in April for the first time, but immediately afterwards, went into some very painful spasms. I called the doctor and he told me I shouldn't have been on the bike so soon. He had told me no restrictions back when he released me but I guess he forgot to mention that biking was excluded. Anyway, I took physical therapy for two months and then was able to ride by June. So in all, it took me about 7 months after the surgery to get back to riding again. I don't know your age but I was 53 years old at the time. If you're younger, you may not take as long to recover. Have patience and keep working on it daily. You'll get there eventually.