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Benjammin'
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I have a question for folks about back health and riding...

Has anyone in here had to deal with back surgery at any point and are still riding? I just had a disk fusion and the doctor told me that riding a bike after I get healed up may not be recommended. I don't know if the Dr. was clueless about bike riding, or if it is really not recommended. Any experience with this out there?

Thanks guys!
 

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I don't have back problems.

But to keep from having back problems as a result of riding a motorcycle, I use the following:

http://www.bikersfriend.com/

After using one for almost a year, I can heartily recommend it for this purpose.

The medium size fits the 750 perfectly.

If you're interested, you might run this option by your physician, if you don't already use something similiar.
 

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Wow $200 for the medium. Not knocking your choice but for the money I think I'd rather invest in an aftermarket seat with a backrest.

I know they cost a lot more but to me the money would be better placed in that direction.

Looks neat though. I'd like a simular barrel bag and luggage rack for the back of my 750.
 

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the Biker's friend is nice in that it combines back support and storage. If you don't need the storage and looking for something a little less costly, the ProTac Backrest is the way to go
About $125 at http://www.protac.net/
Call and ask for Harold
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Order Line 1-800-698-2678 U.S. only
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Benjammin'
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Actually, the brace I got after surgery looks like it will work to give me great support. I put it on and that was the first thought I had....

Sure, I can get the Doctor's suggestion about future bike riding, but I wanted to ask the *real* experts :beerchug:

Man, if I have to give it up, I see depression setting in. Especially after I found this great site and made all the recommended mods to the bike!!

Sorry about dumping on y'all. I'm just home from the hospital, in severe pain and all I want is to be out riding!! :baby:

Thanks again guys...
 

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I didnt have back surgery but I had 3 vertibrate fused in my neck. I had asked the dock if I could ride, NO WAY he said. He was worried about the compression effect of riding a bike. Riding a motorcycle will compress your spine when you ride over dips and bumps. Thats the main concern. After two months I was able to ride.
 

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My stepbrother was putting up a tire swing several years ago, lost his balance, fell out of the tree and broke his back. After several months of laying flat on his back then rehab, he is back to his "normal" self; this includes riding his motorcycle.

My background is in health care (physical therapy and now with an orthotic and prosthetic company); I am curious to know what type of "brace" you have now. Can also give you some ideas of what others have used to help support their back while riding.
 

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Benjammin'
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The brace I was given is called a 'QuickDraw'. It is a velcro belt about 10" wide that fastens with velcro around my lower back and uses drawstrings to firm it up even tighter. It keeps me straight up and stops lower back slumping. I guess it is standard issue with lower lumbar issues. I'm thinking all of us could use one of these babies!
 

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In 1992, I had L-5 S-1 laminectomy done. Takes a while to heal but have no problems now. Just listen to your body and don't push it.
 

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I am very familiar with the Quik Draw; we provide a lot of those for patients through the O & P company I work for. This is also what I provided for my stepbrother. He orignially had a TLSO (kindly referred to as a "turtle shell"; hard plastic front and back) but has gained some weight since his surgery and it is too snug now to wear comfortably.

Remember to ride within your back's limits; if you experience some soreness or tenderness, use an ice pack (gel preferred) for 20-30 min to help decrease the swelling and pain.

Good luck with your recovery!!:smiley_th
 

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Benjammin'
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Yeah, I had L-5, S-1 transforminal lumbar interbury fusion (whatever that means). But the most important thing I am picking up is- it sounds like there is bike-life after fusion!

Thanks everyone for your input!
 
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