Injured and Can’t Dance

So in the last 5 months my whole life got a makeover in the activities department thanks to my ballroom and latin dance schedule. I went from getting little or no daily exercise to at least 4 hours of dancing a week (classes at the studio and practicing at home).  I’ve been very happy with my dance schedule, but my body has not had the same positive response.

About 3 weeks ago I was having more lower back pain than usual after a private lesson.  I went home and iced my back, but the pain did not go away.  That was on a Tuesday.  The following Friday I went to a group class and the pain increased, yet I still kept dancing :)  The next day, I went to class as usual with even more pain my lower back.  I was told to take it easy by my instructor, but of course, I didn’t listen.  I didn’t want to make a big deal about my lower back pain, because I just wanted to dance.  Smart, right? Not really.

So then I had a brilliant idea thinking that I’ll just dance away the lower back pain.  With that thought I went to two more classes (one of them being Latin Cardio).  That was when my body said enough.  I couldn’t finish the class without bracing myself against the wall and squatting to try to relieve the lower back pain.  Again, I was told numerous times to take it easy, but I’m VERY stubborn and I don’t listen well.  My standard reply to “take it easy” is “I’m fine” :)  I barely made it to the car before I burst into tears from pain.

Talk about regrets? I was wishing I could turn back time and listen to my dance instructor the first time he told me to take it easy. Why was I so stubborn?  Why didn’t I just tell him the truth about how much pain I was in? Why didn’t I take his advice? And most importantly, why didn’t I listen to my husband when he said to take some time off and heal when all this first started???  Believe me, lessons learned!

My lower back hurt when I was sitting, standing, walking, everything but laying on my back with my knees to my chest.  I really thought I did something horrible to my lower back and this time I was forced to take time off from dancing. If I could barely walk and stand, how was I suppose to dance???  I didn’t know what hurt more; my back or the thought of not being able to dance.  At one point I just starred at my latin dance shoes as I lay on the floor in pain and wondered how long it would be before I can feel them on my feet on the dance floor.

For the last 2 weeks I’ve been stretching, icing, getting adjusted, getting a deep tissue massage and resting.  The pain has lessened and I’m feeling better, but I’m not 100% healed yet.  I’m giving it one more week before I return to my passion:  ballroom and latin dancing.  And even then, I’ll have to ease into it.  Because of the lifestyle that I’m choosing to live, I will have to be more careful and I will have to learn how to listen to my body (and my husband and my instructor and everyone else), otherwise, I’ll be right back to where I am now:  miserable and undanceable.

6 Responses to “Injured and Can’t Dance”

  1. Mr. Know It All 31. Aug, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    As a rule of thumb, I’ve always found the best advice is to ALWAYS listen to your instructor (preferably the first time!).

    Nice article! Get better soon!

  2. yana 31. Aug, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Thanks, Mr. Know It All. I agree that my instructor probably knows what he’s talking about when it comes to injuries. Healing as quickly as I can :) and I’ll be ready to dance soon!

  3. TC 06. Sep, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Do take care and get well soon. Keep those dance shoes out and ready!

  4. yana 13. Sep, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Hey TC,

    I’m still healing, but much better! Going to my first dance class in a month tomorrow….wish me luck! :)

    ~Yana

  5. TC 15. Sep, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Yayyy!!! I hope you had fun at dance class!

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