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Had an X ray done on my back following a crash and though there is no acute sign of damage (as in from the crash), it seems I have worn down the top of my L3, most likely from hitting so many jumps over the years. Wtf is that about, arthritis?! Out of all the things I thought would put me out of freeskiing, the last thing I considered was back arthritis (at 24 no less...). Has anyone else dealt with this? Is there any study linking early arthritis to jump skiing? Really don't want to blame this on skiing but my doc doesn't think it could be anything else...
When God designed people he didnt expect us to be falling 20 plus feet out of the air at 30 mph. Best thing you can do is strengthen your core muscles and realize you arent invulnerable. Arthritis sucks, and it was almost assuredly caused by heavy park skiing. Keep working in the gym and if you need to, dial it back a bit here and there when you ski. I'm sorry dude.
We're all arthritic fucks here. My knee has been very arthritic since I was about 22. Your issues are absolutely from skiing unless you happen to participate in another sport as physically brutal as park skiing.
I have an extra vertebrae that affected me around age 27 is when I found out , I lost a lot of movement , I second the core strengthening and caution as I ski and function better now than ever , go big when it’s pow , when it’s not , well dial it back