- Jul 22, 2010
DD, a 12-year-old level 8, has been having lower back pain. Apparently it started in July, very shortly after getting her boot off after a broken foot. She waited till mid-September to tell anybody. It only hurts when she extends her back, so essentially most tumbling. It doesn't hurt when she runs or when she sleeps or when she does bars (as long as she doesn't arch) or even vault. She says her pain is a "zero" most of the time but a 7 when she extends her back, with really nothing in between. She has been off all tumbling for two weeks now with little, if any, improvement in her pain. She went to a sports medicine doc on Friday and the Xray was clear. She has a bone scan scheduled for Wednesday, so hopefully we'll know more on Thursday after we meet with the doc for the results. I know that these kinds of issues are common in gymnasts, especially during the growth-spurt years. What sort of experiences have you had with this kind of thing... in yourself, your kids, your team? Not looking for medical advice but just words of wisdom from those of you who have "been there-done that." I'm guessing that a clear x-ray at least rules out the most serious of back injuries? This is so frustrating for everybody involved (DD, me, coaches) as she tries to get ready for the upcoming season and seems to be having one medical issue after another.