Around begining of September 2008 I started experiencing pain in my lower back. After seeing a spine specialist, I found out that I had an SI(sacroiliac) joint disfunction. I'm sure that you are familiar with it but just in case - a joint between my hips and the base of the spine (sacrum). Doctor told me that it was overused and was lacking some liquid for fluent motion, and that was the reason why the range of motion in that joint decreased. I tried everything to fix it - I went to chiropractor, did physical therapy for a long time, took time of from practicing to get some rest etc. Nothing really helped me. Up until a week ago it was very painfull.
Then I bought "Sundown"(name of the company) GLUCOSAMINE CHONDROITIN Advanced Formula dietary supplement in a form of a tablet. I started taking it a week ago 3 times a day and I really feel some relief. The pain and the inflamation reduced. I am 22 years old and plan on playing basketball for a long time.
I am performing on a high level every day besides the pain that I constantlly feel. Since the SI joint is a joint like any other and the dietary supplement helped me in such a short time I was wondering, considering your expertise in the field, if you could recomend something, that in your oppinion, will regenerate the cartilage completelly and help me in future.
Gary Moller responds:
Laz, the better joint food supplement would be the Balance Joint and Cartilage Repair for Athletes. Take about three scoops per day for about three months with food and then reduce to about 1 per day thereafter. I can deliver to the USA at competitive prices, by the way.
While this is undoubtedly of benefit, you will find that there may be a more simple cause of the sacroiliac pain. Basketball involves violent use of the butt muscles. These are likely to be knotted and inflamed, consequently locking up the sacroiliac and hip joints. Scaroiliac joint dysfunction would have to be the most common back complaint and I see at least one new case every working day.
Try a once weekly deep tissue massage of the butt, low back and upper leg muscles, concentrating on alleviating all areas of hardness and tenderness in these muscles. There are sure to be many! Do regular hip and low back stretches. My book on back pain is a good resource of these exercises. You should notice significant relief and boost in basketball performance within 3-4 weeks of commencing these.
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