“How you can overcome aches and pains if you enjoy horseback riding...”
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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An enjoyable activity engaged in by many is horseback riding.
Unfortunately, it can be a painful experience if you have aches and pains to start with.
For instance if you have arthritis affecting your hands, holding the reins and guiding your mount may hurt.
Special finger stretching exercises may be helpful prior to riding. And afterwards, it may be a good idea to massage your fingers with a lanolin based lotion. Also, various analgesic rubs such as Blue Relief, an analgesic balm that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients, may also be helpful. Finally, a paraffin (hot wax) bath (available at many discount stores) can also help with hand stiffness and pain.
Some people with low back pain have a particularly bad time with riding. The repetitive jolting can aggravate underlying back problems. People with degenerative arthritis or who have disc herniation or disc bulges can have more pain. Make sure you stretch before riding. Afterwards, a moist heating pad may also be useful. Consult a physician if you have recurrent back pain after riding.
People with osteoporosis can actually suffer a fracture in the spine as a result of riding. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, make sure you get a bone density scan before you start riding.
Because of the need for gripping the horse tightly with the thighs, hip and knee pain can result from riding. Exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the hips and knees may be useful in preventing this.
Shoulder pain can be due to tendonitis in the shoulder. The repetitive activities required to take care of a horse and prepare the horse for riding is a big strain on the shoulders. There is also a problem that can afflict older riders. It’s called impingement syndrome. Arthritis can develop in the joint that joins the collar bone to the clavicle. This causes a spur to grow and the spur pinches the rotator cuff.
Wrist pain can result from excessive lifting and pulling. Some riders can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a condition where the major nerve to the hand- the median nerve- is pinched because of repetitive wrist and hand motion. People develop hand pain. Also, numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation can develop in the fingers. The treatment involves accurate diagnosis, splinting, physical therapy, injection of steroids, and ultimately... if nothing else works... surgery.
And finally neck pain. This can result from arthritis in the neck or even neck strain from lifting or carrying. Neck problems can be solved with proper medication, physical therapy, and other devices such as a neck support pillow or a collar.
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