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Rog Wilko on 04 Aug 2017
I have a long standing problem with adductors which used to be intermittent but seems increasingly chronic in nature. Can't remember when I last rode my bike and am in constant pain walking. I've spent plenty on it over recent years but no-one so far has had much effect on it. I've had back traction, myofascial release, sport massage, you name it. I'm in S Lakes area but willing to travel if anyone has a recommendation.
Is there any point in bothering my GP?
Rog Wilko on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

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radddogg - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Hi Rog,

I can't offer much advice other than to avoid your GP. I've suffered for ten years with lower back pain after tearing something in the QL region. No scan just get told to rest. They really aren't interested. I've had some success recently with a physio but that could be more down to losing some weight.

Have you tried pilates or yoga?
thermal_t - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to radddogg:
> Hi Rog,

> I can't offer much advice other than to avoid your GP. I've suffered for ten years with lower back pain after tearing something in the QL region. No scan just get told to rest. They really aren't interested. I've had some success recently with a physio but that could be more down to losing some weight.

> Have you tried pilates or yoga?

Sympathise with your GP not being interested, but worth baring in mind that GPs are not all created equal! My gf suffered terribly with back pain and struggled to get her old GP to take any interest. Since we have moved to a new area and new GP though, she couldn't be happier. She has had scans and referrals to relevant specialists and seems to be on the mend. Moral of the story being that if you aren't happy with your GP, change to a different one.
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plyometrics - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Have you tried Body Rehab in Staveley?

If it persists, a GP visit may be worthwhile and you won't be 'bothering' them.

Best of luck.
mrchewy - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I had a really bad spell with my adductors a few years back - sorted eventually by doing some stretches I'd associate with football at primary school. I'd been to physios etc and wasn't getting anywhere. Back to basics worked very well for me.
Rog Wilko on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to radddogg:

I imagine it will be a test of my current (very positive) opinion of my GP. You can understand it with all the time (and other) pressure on them if they concentrate their efforts on people who are really ill.

I have been doing pilates quite a lot the last two or three years. Most days I do about 20 -30 minutes and I think it helps a lot. I feel I could do with a bespoke series of exercises.
Rog Wilko on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to plyometrics:

I have been to Body Rehab. I've had a bit of punishment from Roxy and I've had a few massage sessions with Alison, but nothings has fixed it for me.
Rog Wilko on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to mrchewy:

I do plenty of stretches, but do wonder if I overdo it.
mrchewy - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I did plenty of stretches also but just wasn't getting the stretch right, even with physios instructing me. I also started yoga, for two years, and I think understanding came from that about stretching and I was better able to use the stretches I already knew better. I played football and rugby for years and should have known this stuff and been able to stretch 'properly' but I didn't. Now, I tend to ignore what others call perfect form and can feel whether the stretch is doing what it needs to do but it's been a long path. The adductors are tight again at the moment after five weeks in the Swiss mountains, a price worth paying however.

If you think you might be overdoing the stretching, then I'd suggest it might be difficult for you to differentiate between good pain and bad pain - I hope that doesn't sound condescending. It's something I was guilty of for years and I can honestly say it's only been the last three years that I'm not causing myself any damage.

Best of luck with it all.
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woppo - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

i've used physiofirst in ulverston for an arm injury which they cleared up efficiently and a dislocated shoulder 3 months ago which they have helped with - no complaints, seem to know their stuff.
Dave 88 - on 05 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Give Fellside Physiotherapy a try. They're around Cockermouth/Keswick, but do a mobile service too.

Sorted my issue out no bother. I know it's all horses for courses, but I would definitely go back, she really cares about the patients and is chartered too which is always reassuring. Emma is on the Isle of Man TT physio team, so probably has dealt with adductor issues there (I imagine?!).

https://www.fellsidephysiotherapy.co.uk and they're on FB.
Rog Wilko on 06 Aug 2017
In reply to Dave 88:

Thanks for all the replies.
Rog Wilko on 06 Aug 2017
In reply to Dave 88:

Thanks for all the replies.
Alasdair Fulton - on 06 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:
"A bit of punishment" "a few massage sessions". Have you stuck to any of the protocols for any significant time? There aren't really any physio magic bullets...

Did any of them try to give you correctional exercises to retrain your system to prevent re-occurrence, rather than just trying to treat the symptoms?

I'm currently 3 months into an annoying batch of tennis elbow, just got Make or Break from Dave Macloed and within 4 days of adopting a slightly different protocol (heavier weight to induce "moderate pain", more reps, more rest between session and wrapping the thumb over the barbell, not under) and my pain free ROM and grip strength are now on an noticeable upward trend.
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Rog Wilko on 07 Aug 2017
In reply to Alasdair Fulton:

Appreciate the point you're making. Not one of those people who expect someone to make me better with no effort on my part. Problem seems to be no-one can really find the cause.
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Alasdair Fulton - on 07 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

I guess I maybe didn't express myself very well.

While the GP may not be much use, of you play the "it's causing me issues at work" you might get referred to a specialist?

Did you get any relief from massage/manual therapy? Even if it's only temporary, that might be enough to allow you to do the right exercises to get you realigned. You might just need to accept that you need manual therapy twice each week for the next 6 weeks or so.

Clearly of it was of no benefit at all last time, then it's probably not worth it.

summo on 07 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

My partner's lower back pain seemed to be caused by office chairs and car seats. She now has an extra passed cushion / lumber support for the car which helps. The winner though we discovered last winter was cross country skiing, it somehow completely unlocks the back, or realigns it. I'd just experiment with different sports, whilst trying the doctor route.
cathsullivan on 08 Aug 2017
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Try Steve Irwin in Windermere Roger. He's very good. http://www.lakesinjuryrehab.co.uk/
Rog Wilko on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to summo:

I may pass on the XC skiing, but I'm already looking at car seat support. Thanks
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Rog Wilko on 09 Aug 2017
In reply to cathsullivan:

Thanks Cath. I've heard of the guy before but had forgotten about him, so will get an appt. Having a phase of remission at the moment and am experimenting with some exercises specifically for the psoas muscle, which I think may be the root of the problem. Suicidal feelings being replaced by optimistic ones at present. Anybody know anyone to treat bi-polar? (only kidding)

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