Advice Needed

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  1. KingsPtMom2014

    KingsPtMom2014 Member

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    DS is 2014B. Sea year is in the rear view and graduation is starting to come into view. KP has been a difficult but rewarding experience for him and he's done well for himself.

    Just as he was finishing sea year last November, he began complaining of a sore back. He went to the infirmary, they referred him to a couple of specialists, tests, MRI, etc. They couldn't find anything wrong. A physical therapist said one leg was longer than the other and prescribed exercises which he's been doing faithfully.

    The pain is annoying, but does not limit him in any way.

    I have two questions.

    1. Does anyone have experience with this? How should he proceed?

    2. If he continues to pursue treatment, will he be red-flagged in terms of future employment? His current plan is USCG, but that's not definite.

    Thanks.
     
  2. kpbaseballmom

    kpbaseballmom Member

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    Could be the mattress at school - they're bad. Try buying a foam bed pad topper(a good one). They can cost about $100 but they are worth it. There's a chance that he is not able to move much at night and is experiencing pressure points. It has helped my DS.
     
  3. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    Could be bad posture

    I had pretty bad neck pain fairly regularly for about 4 years. It was to the point that I lose all strength in my hands, I couldn't even hold a cup of coffee, and most of my arms would go completely numb. I started with my GP who sent me to an orthepedist who said pinched nerve, herniated disc and surgery. Having had phenomenal results with a kinesiologist in the past, on my own I went to a chiropractor who was also a Kinesiologist. He said I was just mis aligned. About two months of weekly adjustments and the continued focus on my posture and I've been pain free for about four years and haven't been back once for even a minor adjustment.

    Kinesiologists are phenomenal in my opinion. I first saw one my senior year when I threw my back out playing basketball during the summer before 1/C year. Not only did he have my back 100% better in less than a week but in the first 15 minutes he cured the constant headaches I had been having for years.
     
  4. Navy1981

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    Check his shoes. Uniform shoes are notoriously bad for your back. A good set of orthopedic cushioned insoles can do wonders. My back bothered me for years. I retired from the Navy last year after 30 years. Got a civilian job, hung up my military shoes and got a pair of Dockers. My back pain has completely gone away.
     
  5. aooga15

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    sore back suggestions;

    sent you a PM
     
  6. drydock

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    "Multifidus Back Pain Solution: Simple Exercises that Target the Muscles that Count" by Jim Johnson. Not sure if this book would help, or if it is what he's already doing in terms of exercise. Maybe read the reviews on Amazon's site and decide for yourself if it would be helpful.The book is short and to the point.
     

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