I just started my daily cycling routine and as I was sitting at the computer getting ready to go I decided to 'stretch' and I usually cross my arms
over my head and extend the ribcage, left and right. Well after I was done stretching I felt this horrible ache around my neck down my mid-back. And
now it hurts just to turn my head to the right or to look up. Felt like pinched nerves and really sore. What I hate about this is that stretching is
meant to prevent injuries...I know I must have been stretching improperly. I'm in my twenties so it's not due to age. Should I see my chiropractor
or should I wait it out?
Actually, yes. I am in the military and last summer I was in FT Lee. We were beginning our morning PT and started with the stretches. We were doing a
stretch known as the bent leg body twist, where you lay on your back, take a knee and stretch it over to the opposite side. During this I felt a pop
in my lower back and had a sharp pain. I finished the session with a little discomfort and as the day progressed I began having trouble walking and
sitting. By the next morning I could not get out of my rack without help and had to be assisted getting my uniform on. I was taken to the hospitol and
after exams and x-rays they determined I had snapped my tail bone. I was laid up for a few days and had trouble for the next five weeks. So yes
it is possible to hurt yourself stretching, even when you are supposed to know what you are doing.
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