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why is my back injury still not heal after one and a half year?

Question: why is my back injury still not heal after one and a half year?

i'm trying to come back from a back injury. will somebody help me out if you can? ok, i hurt my back a year and a half ago playing tennis. i ran full speed trying to track down a ball. while i was running full speed, my head began to drop forward and i lost balance. i fell down with my back crashing to a pole fence kind of thing but my back hit the pole straight on while i was down. the impact was pretty big cause i'm pretty fast and reckless kind of player. actually, i consider myself the fastest in my park. i have been swimming for the last seven months almost everyday, at least 5 days a week cause people told me swimming is good for my back. i did some stationary bike the last month but just 3 days a week cause i don't wanna lose too much weight cause i'm trying to gain weight. but when i play tennis, i still feel uncomfortable when i play an intense rally. ok, my question is can you swim before playing tennis? cause i tried it before and my back feels great. but someone i know who is a trainer told me that if i keep doing that, it's like a drug. i'll always have to rely on swimming when i play tennis and that's not good. please tell me if that is true and what can i do to get back my lightning speed. people rarely hit winners against me before the injury, now i lost my explosiveness. somebody please help me. thanks

Answer:

You fail to mention many things such as the nature of your injury and what you did to rehab it. Saying that you hurt your back could mean so many things.

"ok, my question is can you swim before playing tennis? cause i tried it before and my back feels great. but someone i know who is a trainer told me that if i keep doing that, it's like a drug. i'll always have to rely on swimming when i play tennis and that's not good."

Is this a serious question because it made me laugh.

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i did say i crash my back to a pole when i was running full speed. for the rehab, basically i didn't do much the first year after the injury. and my doctor told me to rest for couple months. i still play some tennis during my injury. maybe that's why it took me so long to heal? i started rehab 8 months ago by swimming almost everyday for 30 mins to an hour. then i started to do some stationary bike 2 months ago. i also did some jogging for two weeks cause someone with experience told me that i need to get used to running again and that swimming won't help me anymore. oh about the question, yes i'm serious. but that guy is actually not a trainer. he's just someone with experience with these kind of stuff. i'm sorry if i sounded stupid and made you laugh but i'm serious.

Answer:

Okay you're right I wasn't very clear on what I meant about the injury. What I meant was was it a broken or herniated disc? Was it a soft tissue injury (ie muscles, ligaments, nerves)? Both? Where at in your back? Upper, mid, lower back? Several areas? What did your x-rays and/or MRI's reveal? What are your symptoms?

Yes swimming for any type of back injury is very good for your back, quite possibly the very best thing but by any means not the only thing you should be doing. It is low impact while still engaging your muscles. Saying getting addicted to swimming is nonsensical. It is not a drug.

If it is a broken or herniated disc--- I recommend time, physical therapy, massage therapy, inversion therapy and acupuncture if you want to advoid surgery.

Soft tissue injuries--I recommend time, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and message therapy.

If you haven't recovered in 1 1/2 years maybe you should be seeking a second opinion from a different doctor. However back injuries can take many months to years to recover from, especially in the lower back.

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i took MRI few months after the injury and my doctor told me it most probably is a back strain. i don't think i broke any disk or anything serious. so i think it's a soft tissue injury. i would say the injury is at my lower to mid back area. i did ask my doctor whether i need a surgery or not and she said no. the symptoms as of right now i feel good if i didn't play tennis or sit for long periods of time. other than that, i'm perfectly fine. oh, and my legs always feel tired.

i also have some physical therapy like massage and acupuncture for the first couple months. so i did everything there is for rehab and i'm still not 100% after one year and a half. the good thing is when i play basketball, i feel great no matter how hard i play. almost no pain or any discomfort. but when i play tennis, after a couple of intense rally, i don't feel well. i wouldn't call it pain though. just feeling uncomfortable after intense rally. is my back too weak right now for tennis? should i strengthen my back and legs more before playing tennis again?

Answer:

Well since your MRI is clean I would strongly recommend seeing a chiropractor. Someone with a really good reputation. Or if your nervous about seeing a chiropractor maybe an osteopath that practices manipulative medicine (although they are more expensive and harder to find). You might feel uncomfortable the first few times but you'll start to feel better I promise you. He or she would be able to tell you what you should and should not be doing as far as your back. It doesn't really sound like it would take to many visits either. Good luck and let me know how it goes.