|Diagram of the vertebral column from Gray's Anatomy|
My x-rays were not good. Ironically, I have avoided seeing doctors for several years because they all said the same thing: "We can't fix you", "You need to stop riding/gardening/doing the things you love." And this time was no different.
Followers of this blog are likely aware that I fractured my L-5 vertebrae five years ago. My x-rays showed that in the past few years the disc between L-5 and S-1 (os sacrum) has degenerated. I expected that. The degeneration has caused my lumbar (lower, L) spine to curve significantly to the right (scoliosis). The scoliosis has caused my Th-9 vertebrae to twist and the disc between Th-8 and Th-9 to begin degenerating. My upper thoracic (Th) spine has been compensating for the lumbar scoliosis by curving to the left, which is causing degeneration of my Th-3/Th-2 disc. I was not expecting all that. I have three discs degenerating: one in my lower back, one in the middle of my back and one in my neck. That really stinks.
So, I can't be fixed. The chiropractor thinks I can be made more comfortable, though. We are instituting a plan of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy.
What does this mean for my riding? Not a damn thing. I have gotten this far against the wishes of many doctors, and I'm not giving up now.