Sciatica and karting


(Adam Cupskey) #1

Has anyone ever suffered from sciatic pain not from karting or heck even from karting and was able to fully recover to get back behind the wheel? The past month+ I’ve been experiencing this and its definitely looking like it going to put a damper on the racing :frowning: I could go on and explain the situation and how I’ve been to clinic 2x and hospital 2x doing physio, chiropractor and massage to start and have been since the beginning :-S


(Mike Clark) #2

My first time in a real race kart I made 2 sessions and knew I had an issue. I parked it next to a fence to help myself out. Had trouble standing, limped, etc. I raced 6 weeks later. Still had trouble standing, limped, etc.

I used to race bicycles at a weight of around 130. Now I weigh 210 and don’t look it. I carry a lot of weight that doesn’t show. Upper legs and butt. That can crowd the sciatic nerve.
What helped was time, stretching.

I did this a little: I am not recommending this without a caveat.
(look up tennis ball sciatica) It was painful at first but seemed to make a difference. A LOT of folks say use the tennis ball. It may not be the way to go. Do your research first. It might be an antiquated/wrong thing to do.

Incidentally so did a session in an arrive and drive rental kart, go figure.

Then look @ this; (also AthleanX in general) for a counterpoint


I feel he knows better than most people and follow what he says in general.

(Adam Cupskey) #3

Thanks @Mike_Clark :wink: see this is kinda what i was looking for as i am suffering from piriformis syndrome causing the sciatic pain. Ive had friends tell me to do the tennos ball before but i never seen the point and knew it woukd just be extremely painful. Have you been successful in returning to the track without issue? If i read your story right you started with the tennis ball technique and thought it may have helped until you did a arrive and drive session? Have you been able to overcome the issues?


(Mike Clark) #4

I’m not sure if it was the tennis ball as I did the stretching at the same time.

I felt better after getting an arrive and drive session. I went to the track with a group and promised my wife I wouldn’t drive. 1 guy couldn’t make a session so I took it. I felt better after the session.

I would drive with the problem. I could lift the kart, but walking wasn’t fun. Eventually it didn’t bother me much. I feel it once in a while when I get up in the morning. I am 55 years old though.
I have only done rentals in the recent past. Working on getting back in my own again. Next rental race I may race 2 classes back to back. I am thinking about adding a pad for the padding and to take up slack in the big rental seats.
I am not sure if it was the bumps, curb, vibration or if it was just time. I didn’t think I had any prior issues before but ended up realizing I’d go numb if I sat on a hard surface too long.
As Jeff Cavalier points out the sciatic nerve is not that deep, so probably easy to get at in a kart seat.