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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Well I am feeling very sorry for myself!

 

Some of you might remember that I was booked onto an Active Rider camp...we went and had a fab time, however in one of the XC lessons, I decided to throw myself out the side door, landing very heavily on my bottom

 

As soon as I landed I knew I had hurt something, and thought of my coccyx straight away as I have injured it before whilst snowboarding.

 

Anyway, long story short, I have been trying to ride for the past couple of weeks since I did it...but OUCH!Called NHS direct last night, after a fiasco with my doctors surgery (who are a bunch of incompetent morons by BTW), and the nurse I spoke to suspects I have fractured the bottom of my cocyx.

 

Ideally, I shouldn't have ridden for between 4-6 weeks but because I have been trying to ride, I was told off and told not to ride for at least 3 weeks.

 

Anyway, boohoo me and I am feeling a bit miffed!

 

Anyone who has any ideas on how to keep Dulcie and Luna fit and entertained during this time - please share!

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Owww painful

Do you have to go off to hospital for x rays or anything, and can you sit comfortably, or do you either have to stand up or lie down?

Hope you feel better soon - chocs, the best black grapes and a few bottles of wine will help a lot, I'm sure !!

Take care.

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

thanks! Sorry for the moan - feeling down in the dumps and sorry for myself.

I don't need to go to hopsital for xrays etc....the doctor said, from what I told her, sounds like I have probably got a fracture, but regardless, they can't do anything for it! It's not like they can strap it up or put a cast around your bottom! lol

Sitting down causes the problem. I am fine walking, standing and lying down. But in the office at work I have had to change my chair and I stand up as often as i can. Sadly, saddles are also not proving very comfortable and tbh, I think she thought I was a crazy horsey lady for persisiting in riding afterwards!

 

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nix123

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nix123 says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

 sorry to be the bearer of bad news dollymix, but once youve injured your coccyx it becomes weaker and you'll always be prone to more injuries.  It will probably be longer than 3 weeks too, get a saddle saver well worth it until you can ride properly again.  Lots of painkillers and best of luck. You could try lunge lining the horses or walking them out, not very exciting i know.

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Oh no Sarah, that sounds painfull ! Poor you it must be so frustrating for you not being able to ride atm. Are you able to lunge ? As long as they don't pull you around maybe it's a way of keeping them both fit. when I had a minor op recently I gave the tack a thorough clean as I could'nt ride for a few days. I know this has nothing to do with fitness lol but it's quite satisfying ! Wishing you well very soon, take care, Lyn XX

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kezza81

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kezza81 says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

 Oh no that sucks! You could keep your neddies occupied by lunging, longreining, walking out in hand or even teaching some tricks. Perhaps have a go at a simple dressage to music inhand?

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Don't ever bother going to NHS Direct as they send you to a NHS walk in centre who in turn send you to A & E as I know first hand as did a daft trick and fell on my left arm and could not use. Also I have been banned from riding since 1990 them again in 1996, 1st time my eyes as afraid if fall off will go blind due to split Retina which I have both eyes, then due to works accident with no feeling in left side also spine problems which could put me into a wheelchair for good, still riding but not as much mainly due to a new horse who is a real madam and my knees.

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

I attend an osteopath every 6 weeks for a very serious back injury I got 13 years ago (herniated disc, scoliosis of lower back which affected the disc in the first place, loads of scar tissue and no muscle etc), I need to go regularly to keep supple and stay out of trouble.  The man is a magician because when it happened they thought my only hope was surgery which I was told had a 20% risk of paralysis (I turned it down) and it was thought I'd never be able to walk straight again and would have to leave my nursing job because of it all.  The osteopath sorted me out, put me back on my feet and keeps my pain at bay, and also keeps me riding!  Worth a thought of finding a good one near you if you're having lots of pain and what not, mine does accupuncture too and I get hooked up to an electro accupuncture machine each visit as well as a therapeutic massage to loosen up the scarring.

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dollymix

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dollymix says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Thanks everyone. I am a bit frustrated but hey ho!

Both have been recommended Pessoa work by the physio previously, and i usually do them both once a week...but I might just up that to twice a week. Luna is hacked once a week by someone.

 

My instructor will hack or school Dulcie for me (although of course, there is a cost associated)..I might try long-reining tonight. I used to be a dab hand at it when i broke Luna in...just a bit rusty now and don't know if Dulcie has been long-reined.

 

I might also walk her out in hand as she can be a bit of a wimp hacking out so maybe some walking in hand will do her good?

 

Ooohhh...I like the idea of dressage to music in hand too! might have a go at that! I have been working on Dulcie's legwork, and teaching her to yeild to pressure too....and lateral work. I believe hand work is a fab way to teach them. It's how they teach them in the Spanish Riding School.

 

Thanks for the tip abotu the Chiro too...might look into that. Afterall, I regulary have the physio for the geegees so why not me?! lol I am also quite one sided and put more weight down one side, so I wondered about Pilates?

 

The frustrating thing is that I actually feel FINE....it's only when I sit down on an office chair, or a saddle that I am sore! VERY annoying!!

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Poor you.  I'd strongly recommend having a chat with a sports physio or osteopath/chiropractor if you can afford it.  They probably won't touch you at the moment but physio may be able to give you gentle exercises to keep yourself fairly mobile.  After my fall in January (pelvis injury)  my chiropractor clicked me back in to place a couple of times and gave me some exercises and also checked Missy over too.  Looking at the positive she claims horsewomen get better quicker than most ordinary mortals as we don't have the luxury of lying around and feeling sorry for ourselves...but then she is a horsewoman too!

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malijo

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malijo says:

Re: Coccyx injury - not allowed to ride for 4 weeks :-(

Hi, I know exactly how you feel. 

I bought my first horse at the beginning of March and was really starting to get to know her - then last Thursday I had a black out behind the wheel of my car and end up in hospital.   Well, to cut a long story short I've had surgery on my face as a result of the crash am in pain that I can't imagine riding for quite a while - needless to say pi**ed of isn't the word.

I've sent my daughter down to give Mali a carrot and a cuddle today before she has her riding lesson and I'm hoping that she won't forget me.  I'm missing her already!  As soon as I can I shall go down and give her a carrot and a cuddle myself!

As long as you take it easy and don't annoy the injury hopefully you'll heal in good time and you can go back to enjoying you horse.

Take care 

 

 

  

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