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« on: April 11, 2014, 11:10:50 PM »
This back is a 1985 model with little use in the first few years of operation. It has over 245,000 hrs on it but most of those hours were light duty. Recently it has beed abused some,  mostly from supporting the weight of lumber and pushing on cant hooks. It will tolerate over 16 hours a day of vertical operation but it needs at least 7 hours of horizontal operation a day. I will take the best offer given. Thanks

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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 11:48:13 PM »
Hi Jake,

Backs are pretty tricky.  I have been through a lot also.  Lots of sports and weight lifting in High School and College.  Here are my best tips:

1)  Try to avoid weight on the shoulders while walking around, twisting or siting.
2)  Bend with your legs.  Use your quads not your lower back hinge to stoop down.
3)  When lifting put the weight on your heals, bend the legs and look up a bit when you come up.
4)  Keep what ever you lift keep it close to your body and don't twist with it.
5)  Try to not lift things over 50 lbs.   Use lift carts, ramps, tractor, rigging etc to save your back.  It will only take it so long.
6)  Cross training is a good idea.  Keep your core (abdomen) in shape.  Lots of exercises you can look up.   Find some you like and do them regularly.  Try some new ones on occasion and switch around from time to time.
7)  Avoid exercises that impact the joints.
8)  Keep your joints lubricated and nourished with supplements.  Glucosimine and Condroitin has worked best for me.  As you get older it makes a difference.
9)  If you get a sore back, give it a rest.  As you get older throttle back on how long you tax your back.  You will know how much you can take but know that it will change over time.
10)  Not all will agree but I stay away from chiropractors and "adjusting" the back.  Learn to stretch and exercise the hurts away you will be better off.  As the discs thin and your back becomes more mobile it can get hyper mobile and move around pinching and inflaming nerves.  You can have reoccurring injuries or bouts with your back.  Physical Theripists will teach you how to brace your core to not allow spine movement during certain activities.  I have had to go to physical therapy four times over 15 years to recover from serious back injuries.  My last therapist said he could tell patients that go to chiropractors because they are more hyper mobile than others.

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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 11:51:31 PM »
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 08:13:57 AM »
I think that you will be passing mostly gas anyway.   ;D
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 07:12:02 PM »
Just one question, will a 16 hour back bolt up to a 12-14 hour assimus maximus that requires a nap every afternoon? If so then how much extra for a left shoulder? The one on my '65 model is really going to the dumps.

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 11:09:33 PM »
I must have COMPLETELY missed the purpose/meaning of this thread.  My apologies!   :) :)
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2014, 01:31:59 PM »
I have a 63 model i will trade you. It too has Louisiana roots.  It also is in need of repiar.

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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 05:55:24 PM »
I have a 1950 model wanna trade ?
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 06:32:17 PM »
My 1964 model finally gave out, and I had to have spinal fusion surgery....C5,C6 & C7 are all one sold mass, and the surgeon spliced me back together with 2 hunks of bone from my hip.

Take care of your back, as this was no fun at all.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 10:54:31 PM »
I wished we lived closer. We could work my '77 model along side your '85 and both would probably last alot longer. 

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« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 11:31:19 PM »
Thanks for the offer but I already have one and that's enough.
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2014, 11:47:19 PM »
Sorry, y'all, but a 1940 says y'all aint seen nothin' yet!
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2014, 08:58:56 AM »
You tell um TR.  This old '43 model still hums as long as I wear this.
 

 
 

 
I realize that wearing a support actually weakens stomach muscles because they do not work as hard, but it works for me.  And stomach muscles are the other half of your back.   :P
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 11:11:03 AM »
Any warranty offered?

I want it all in writing before I place my bid.

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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 10:36:22 PM »
I must have COMPLETELY missed the purpose/meaning of this thread.  My apologies!   :) :)

I wouldn't worry Chris, you gave good advice! :)

My 1964 model finally gave out, and I had to have spinal fusion surgery....C5,C6 & C7 are all one sold mass, and the surgeon spliced me back together with 2 hunks of bone from my hip.

How are you now, Woodworker9?  Mobile?  Limited?  Do tell - I have a friend who was fused and it hasn't gone so well...

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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2014, 08:36:14 PM »
I'm back to work.  I can't do everything that I used to do.  I do a lot of work with my hands, and the heavier stuff is very stressful on the neck, resulting in some pretty sore nights if I'm not careful.  Other than that, I'm smiling and happy.  I was paralyzed on my left side, arm, and hand before the surgery, and I'm right as rain now......and thankful.

I'm a lefty!!

Thanks for asking, and I hope your friend improves.  It's a long haul, and the rehab is very important.  Tell him to seek another opinion from another spinal surgeon if he's still having trouble. 
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2014, 08:55:42 PM »
threads a bit old but i'll add my two bits. do not under any circumstances accept a fusion. remember that any motion you had at those joints will now be taken up by other discs. i have 2 artificial discs installed at s1/l5 & l5/l4 and i had 15 years of arthritis (supposedly) and a great deal of pain eradicated. gone. i can feel my toes and have full mobility. now all i have to do is avoid doing stupid things which probably led me to the problem in the first place.  ;) stenum germany is the place to go and Dr Ritter Lang is the gentleman to see. just my experience.
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2014, 10:51:36 PM »
Grizzly,

How long ago did you have that done?  How long was the recovery period?  They talked about using a "cage" disc replacement on mine but that was a few years ago.
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2014, 09:21:10 AM »
At times, I love a soothing heat pad.....like right now.   :)
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Re: slightly abused back
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2014, 10:31:28 AM »
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INVERSION TABLE

Think about it, you spend most all your awake time putting pressure on your spine/back. Spend 12 minutes a day relieving that pressure. It's well worth the time and $150 for the table.
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