hypermobility/EDS: avoiding joint pain
I was diagnosed with benign joint hypermobility syndrome after several years with chronic joint pain and other issues that BJHS may explain. My spine (especially neck), shoulders, hips, and knees are the problem areas affected by it. I'm in good physical condition and am changing my workouts to help strengthen my problem joints. The doctor told me that I should be changing my riding habits and also riding horses that "fit me" so I don't aggrevate my joint pain further.
I'm not doing much jumping now, but I am hunting regularly and doing long (5-8 mile) hacks several times a week to keep horses in hunting shape. My knees and hips are achy after hunts and I'm pretty sure it's worse on the very wide horses. Right now I'm riding a variety of greenies on hunts, but I'm in the market for a horse to be strictly a fieldhunter if I find the right one. I'm hoping to go with an Irish horse, but with this recent development I'm wondering what type of horse would be the easiest on my joints for long rides.
Also, are any kinds of saddles better for people with joint pain? Any helpful advice in general? I'm still young (21) and hoping to keep riding and hunting for a long time:). I'm also hoping to get back into jumping once my youngster is old enough. Maybe going back to dressage lessons with a focus on perfect posture would help. Thanks!
Hypermobility, SI pain, bulging disk
Whicker please check your PMs and email me if you can find the time; I'm seeing Dr. Friedlis next week!
If I knew how to make a poll I would ask:
Does allowing or causing your body to hyper-extend disintergrate the progress made by PT/body awareness/careful management? Y/N/Other??
In other words: Does allowing the hyper-mobility exacerbate the problem?
I too have hypermobility and did PT for 6 weeks before it was discontinued due to lack of progress. My pain is around my SI joint but bulging disks and degeneration are higher up than my pain. Ugh! Hypermobility exists in about every joint from my neck to my toes and I have a close family history of EDS. I'm in my mid-20s.
I stopped riding in November because I would be crippled for the next couple days, then ride again, cripple again, rinse repeat. I was unable to make any riding progress and knew I could do better, but physically was doing worse. I am unable to sleep for usually two days after riding due to pain.
Two-point definitely causes my lower back to hyper-extend. Girthing forces me to extend my lower back (maybe I should stick to ponies so the girth is lower than my center of gravity :) and hoof picking strains it but I don't think the bent over motion causes more damage -it just bloody hurts.
So do you horsey folks just deal with the pain? Find modified methods to avoid certain motions that you know will cause hyper-extension?
I know I've asked a lot of questions! Last one: Are the EDS folks seeing rheumatologists? PTs? Orthos? Other?
Thanks for any info/insights/experiences!!