I use a climbing rig on the job. I go up to high places when I work, and I use a harness and safety straps as I climb. It is not hard to slip on a climb. That is why you always have your harness locked in. When you do slip, it will arrest your fall. I stepped on a rung where the weld gave way on a climb. I only fell a couple of feet before the climbing harness stopped my fall. That was all it took for me to need to go to a chiropractor in Phoenix for some rehabilitative therapy on my back.
There wasn’t anything broken, and the MRI only revealed some minor tearing of my muscles. All I know is that it hurt quite a bit. A spinal surgeon offered to go in and take a look around after I was still hurting about four months later. No way. After he told me that the surgery would be hit or miss of whether or not it would actually provide any pain relief, I decided to skip it. I found a chiropractor in Phoenix that keeps my pain in check. Spinal adjustments, electrical STEM therapy, heat therapy and deep muscle massage help keep me working and playing.
I can tell a couple of days before my back starts to really act up that it is going to hurt. If I get to the chiropractor before it gets bad, I can avoid that cycle where I am just waiting on some relief to come. I still climb and use my harness. I have had a couple more slips since my back started to really cause me a lot of pain. None of those slips caused me back problems like that first one did. I am just glad to have a chiropractor I can go to on a moments notice.