how soon to ride after whiplash ?

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  • Premier Icon iainc
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    2 serious crashes 8 weeks apart, first mtb, second track. amongst other things got sore neck/whiplash both times, thankfully xrays each time show ok.

    10 days since last one, can now lift head off pillow unaided…just….

    Neck movement still limited and pretty sore.

    Desperate to spin the legs, although bumpy off road a step to far. Wondering about a gentle road spin on sat, but don’t want to make it any worse ???

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    get a turbo.

    If you’re still in that much discomfort movement is severely restricted then I would say it’s not safe to ride on the road regardless of any additional damage riding will cause.

    scud
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    The trouble is that you have to lift your head up and support it with your neck, especially on road. Maybe better using a turbo or even better gym bike, where you could sit almost upright?

    Best thing though is to make sure you don’t make it worse and exacebate the problem. See a good sports physio if it continues.

    Premier Icon big_scot_nanny
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    Iain, I know you’ve been in the wars, so I would say give it another 7 days. Don’t make it worse, it’ll only make it a long time to full recovery.

    I gave myself a concussion at the end of the x-mas hols, didn’t take it seriously, kept riding a bike for a week and a half, and of course made myself much much worse. Then was forcefully instructed by Drs to lead “a quiet life” for 2 weeks.

    Bored shitless, but followed the instructions and it resolved at the end of that period. If I had done that at the begining I mihgt have been fine after 1 week, but instead it was a month.

    Take it easy.

    It hurts for a reason, don’t hammer use it until its far more comfortable.

    poah
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    what did your doctor say – if its sore don’t go out.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    Thanks guys, lots of sensible replies. Think I’ll hang off riding for another week, cheers.

    jeb
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    See a chiropractor, get someone recommend, i was down for 6 month, after a crash, went too the chiro, sorted in 1 week !

    Premier Icon iainc
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    after a bit of looking around on FB I have got an appointment with a local Sports Physio, who is also Sports Physio for Scottish Cycling and a coach at the Velodrome, on Monday.

    He should sort me. No riding till after my visit I reckon 🙂

    Premier Icon iainc
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    so some seriosu manipulation, laser and magnetic ? treatment and a set of exercises to do, with ice afterwards – doesn’t appear to be any lasting damage too likley, so back on bike (carefully) later this week 🙂 and back to see him next week

    First time I’ve had a physio who rides same places as me (road, MTB and track) and he actually coached my eldest at the Velodrome, so lots of commonality which helps !

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