As a physical therapist I’m embarrassed to say it, but last night I GOT INJURED! I was on my last rep of my last set of deadlifts and I felt a pop in my back that almost immediately brought me to the ground. I had trouble sitting, bending, sleeping, and even breathing.
I felt discouraged, nervous, and anxious. How was I going to work out? How was I going to work? Do I need to go to the hospital?
All these thoughts went through my head… then it hit me! I talk to patients all day about how these injuries occur and how we cannot let our injuries define us, yet here I was reacting the same way my patients do when they get injured.
Was it unfortunate that I got injured? Yes!
However, what changed between now and 24 hrs ago?
My mindset and my approach to my rehab. My thoughts became less of what I COULDN’T do and my focus became what I COULD do.
This morning I had my good friends at MOVE Athletics do a proper assessment and we identified my mechanical stressors. I listened to and performed my home exercises and tonight I attacked my first full workout since injury my back.
Guess what the first exercise was? DEADLIFTS.
I could have substituted or just skipped this movement completely. But I didn’t,all I did was managed the load and I was good to go.
Were my lifts PRs? No!
Did I have to modify some movements? Yes!
But guess what?! I had a great workout and I feel better after that workout than I have in the last 24hrs. 💪🏽
So here’s a PSA for all my patients, future patients, those who are injured or those who just need to hear this.
🗣 Pain does not = damage
🗣 Rehab does not need to be boring or complicated
🗣 Managing load and redefining expectations can make a WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE
🗣 Don’t let your injuries define you. Get a proper assessment and find a PT that empowers you to succeed, not holds you back!