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    Default Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    This nagging pain in my left hamstring and the non-fixes (including 2 re-fits, 4 weeks off, ice/heat, nsaid, chiro) finally brought to a PT

    During the exam he had me try to do things like squeeze my glutes. In certain positions (e.g. riding a bike) I can't really do it and end up relying on my hamstrings to help. He made a comment about my leg size then laughed when he saw how weak my glutes are. Thinks my hamstrings is trying to make up for this weakness, and ultimately pinches my sciatic nerve.

    Prescription:
    PT 2x week
    Suzanne somers-esque leg lifts 3x a day working up to 3 sets of 30. (currently 3x17 is hard)
    Gotta pretend to pinch a pencil between my cheeks at least 100x a day.

    No lifting weights until he says I can.
    No riding the bike unless I'm commuting to/from work (16mi round trip) at a super SLOW pace.
    I get why but it just sucks -- just built up CX bike.

    The cool thing is that the PT has a cycling coach on staff -- its apparently insurance compatible -- and he sees no reason why I won't be able to ride by December.
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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    You will come back So Strong. Did the PT give you exercises for your core too? Crunches, extensions, planks, dead bugs?
     

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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    I'd also consult with a Myofascial Therapist, different approach and knowledge set than a PT, I suspect you could shorten your recovery time and reduce the pain through trigger point therapy while you also work with the PT.
    NAMTPT | National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists
     

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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    if you know where your hamstring is you have a problem.
     

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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    Bridging and single leg bridging.
    +1 on the planks in all variations.
     

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    Physical therapy is amazing. I had pinched nerve problems in my neck. My PT said it was actually the muscles surrounding my shoulder joint were weak and my neck muscles were doing double duty. She gave me four exercises using a can of peas as a hand weight. Worked. Magic.
     

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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    I dunno, I'd be skeptical of any pt who told me not to ride.
     

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    Default Re: Blargh, not allowed to ride.

    Hang in there and follow your PT's advice. You got into this problem with poor biomechanics and you need to fix that before you ride again or you will be back where you started and off the bike again.

    Have you had a professional bike fit on your bikes--and dial in ALL of them! Get that done ASAP to eliminate poor bike fit (poor bike fit=poor/inefficient biomechanics=injuries)

    Be patient and do not overdo. Follow the professional advice you (and your insurance) are paying for. And eliminate the causes of your injury(res) so it(they) do not return. (I am 64--almost 65--and have been riding 55 years. I am still dealing with preventable injuries from riding poorly-fitted bikes, developing bad biomechanics, and some injuries along the way--some of them decades ago.)
     

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