Dealing with Injury

“Put F#%#$ ice on it!” – Mr Chris Bulley

On Saturday, I stood up for several hours watching Billy Talent rock the stage. On Sunday morning, my lower back was a little sore but nothing I haven’t felt before. Because of this amazing self assessment, I decided to run twelve kilometers with little to no warm up other than “taking it slow in the first kilometer”. Monday morning, the back was barking a little more but rest will solve that followed by a bit of Yoga. Monday came and went and Yoga was nowhere to be found. Tuesday morning, I got the rare chance at a seven am class with my wonderful wife that we call “our dates”. It was a class that was going to have a LOT of, you guessed it, deadlift. And of course, I needed to beat my lift from a few weeks before because. . . . why not?

The next morning, I knew something was wrong that I have never felt before. My lower back didn’t just hurt, it felt like my entire lower spine was threatening to divorce me and start dating other people. It was bad. Wobbling to physio and the assessment came back. I have slipped my L5/S1 disk. The explanation was summed up like my disk was a jelly donut and I had squeezed all the jelly out of it. It was a kick in the ass/head. 

The body needs the mind so it can reach its maximum potential, especially after injury. Dr. Sacco reports, “Research shows that if you have a realistically optimistic outlook (‘Recovery will be tough, but I’ll get through it’), you’ll recover more quickly and completely than if you have a negative outlook (‘I can’t believe this happened. This is the end.’)” – Dr. Sacco

My goals for running the Army Run in September, pursuing my Hot Daddy Bod Summer was descending down the tubes. On top of that, all the things that I wanted to do with my daughters in the rare time that I get to spend with them was going up in a puff of smoke. But, that’s the point that many people don’t consider when they confront an injury of any magnitude. Beyond the muscle/bone/tissue damage, we have to consider the mental injury as well. 

Injuries are lame. They’re especially lame because they usually happen when things are starting to go well. It all gets back to how adaptation actually takes place physiologically. You introduce a stress, then you recover, then the body adapts to get stronger. Sometimes, though, the body skips that last part. A bit too much stress or a bit too little recovery, and it’s a one-way ticket to injury town. Injury and adaptation are two destinations on the same railway line, and it’s often impossible to know which you’re on until you get there. – Strava

Being pulled out of your daily routine and being forced to change how you move, plan your day, or even eat is sometimes more than a person can handle without spiraling to some pretty dark places. I was/am that person right now. Constantly 

The first thing I did was often the first mistake people make. Scouring every corner of the internet looking for diagnoses, remedies, and worst case scenarios. What we need to realize is that every injury is different and the best solution is getting your specific injury looked at by a trained professional.   

Second step, listen to the people who are telling you to have faith in the process. It will get better but not on your schedule. Take time, do what you can, remember that you WILL get better and there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.