With so much going through our lumbar region, it's one of the most common injuries we've seen in our careers. According to a CDC survey, around 28% of adults over the age of 18 have experienced low back pain within a 3 month period (1). Few injuries can change the way you workout like a low back injury. Low back pain can affect a laundry list of exercises across the entire spectrum of the body. We often think of how it affects or limits us physically.
However, there is one thing almost all low back injuries have in common. And it's not what you think. Most people often overlook how a low back injury affects your mindset. Mindset is crucial to getting the most out of any exercise program. But when your low back is hurting:
It can be a source of frustration for those looking to improve their health and fitness.
It can throw your whole training program off-track and slow results.
It can cause you to quit exercising altogether.
It can be a wake up call to pay closer attention to exercise form.
It can force you to learn new exercises.
But it should never stop you from getting results.
I know some of the questions we ask ourselves after a low-back injury:
"Why did it happen to me?"
"Why did my body betray me?"
The truth is: it doesn't matter. Low back pain doesn't choose it's victims for any specific reason.
The question is: Are you going to let it define you? Will you let it hold you back? Will you use it as an excuse to quit? Or will you learn from it and evolve? That's what truly matters after you experience a low back injury.