spinal arthritis--riding occupational hazard?
I'm currently living in a lot of pain. Recently tore an ACL, but it isn't my knee that complains. It's my other hip, which two doctors have said is due to referred pain from spinal arthritis. I have no arthritis that is causing problems in any other joints. When the knee gave, I actually thought that I might have also broken the other hip because the pain was so awful.
I've been told that spinal arthritis is usually due to prior injuries, and, Lord knows, I've fallen enough in 55 years to have had back trauma (alongside of one wedge fracture at L3).
Is arthritis of the spine something that just goes along with riding? It is, of course, too late to do much of anything about at this point, but living with it certainly is difficult.
Any suggestions on coping without becoming addicted to painkillers?