This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.
If you’re suffering from back pain that’s not properly diagnosed, you should stop paddling your kayak and fishing from it, and consult a physician without delay.
Don’t start playing with foam in your kayak seat or under your knees, or hope that a new, fancier and more expensive kayak seat would solve your problem, because it won’t.
Different sports can cause different injuries, and kayaking and kayak fishing can cause injuries in the shoulders, elbows and wrists, but are they known to be especially hard on the back, and this is why you should be cautious and attentive to any signs of a potential developing back injury.
Paddling a traditional kayak, whether it’s a sit-in or a SOT won’t help you, and it may very well be the cause of your back problem, or at least a factor contributing to it. Therefore, don’t procrastinate, and seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Delaying treatment and keeping paddling and fishing from those kayaks could aggravate your condition, and make it more difficult to treat your problem.
Similarly, leg pain, leg numbness, tickle in your legs, butt pain and other unusual physical symptoms in your lower body shouldn’t be taken lightly, because they could be linked to a developing back problem, such as sciatica.