I have been very quiet for a while, and I am now going to tell you why.
Two days prior to our departure and final performance in New Orleans, I hurt my back. I was diagnosed with 2 bulging discs, the L4 and L5. Apparently the risk was really high and I was told, muscle fatigue is a huge factor in back injuries.
How it happen for me: I was at our hour and and a half warm up before rehearsal when during the final 10 minutes it happened. I was practicing my grand allegro (big jump). After landing one of those Jetes (split jump) I felt my legs simply giving up; I could not push on it anymore. It took me a second to get feeling in them back. It was almost like I could not control my legs for a second. A dancer goes through tons of small injuries but it does not stop us from performing or practicing. I decided to go grab some water and take a break, thinking a little few minutes would help. Well two minutes was all it took to have my back completely frozen. I was stuck, not able to even walk.
The injury occurred around the 10th of May. Today, August 17 (3 months later) my pain has eased. However, I still have very difficult mornings and even tougher evenings after a long day of practice, but in general the pain has cleared. Any regular person with no extreme physical activity would probably feel fine but my daily routine includes eight hours of lifting and back bending, which can irritate the nerves easily.
I ice twice a day for 15 min and have Physical therapy twice a week for core strengthening.
ABOUT BULGING DISCS
Bulging Disc Overview
A bulging disc can cause discomfort and disability in various parts of the body, depending on the location of the affected disc(s). A bulging disc occurs when one of the discs between your vertebrae develops a weak spot and pops out beyond its normal perimeter. Interestingly, many people might have a bulging disc and not even know it, as long as the bulging area does not press upon surrounding tissues. When the bulging disc impinges on the nerves of the spinal column, however, that’s typically when symptoms begin. In the lower back, the damaged disc can cause pain to travel to the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. In the upper back, the pain would radiate from the neck down the arm and to the fingers.
Approximately 90% of bulging discs occur in the lower back, or lumbar area of the spine. The most common lumbar bulging disk is seen around levels L4-L5 (lumbar segments 4 and 5) or L5-S1 (lumbar segment 5 and sacral segment1), which causes pain in the L5 nerve or S1 nerve, respectively. If the bulging disc impinges on the sciatic nerve in the lower back, it can lead to a back problem called sciatica.