Welp, after months of lower back pain and no real “cause” (I actually started to think I might be fabricating the whole injury), I have finally received a diagnosis. And the verdict? I have a stress fracture between the first and second vertebrae of my spine. Read: There is an itty bitty crack in my lower back that’s causing a whooooole lot of trouble.
With only 2 weeks left in the season, this diagnosis has actually come at a pretty perfect time (if there is such a thing). Since the only way to treat a stress fracture is with rest and physical therapy, I’ll be able to take time away from ballet without stressing over being 100% healthy before the next show. I have the entire summer to get back into tip top shape for next season!
The only hold up? My plans to travel to Paris in June for the Ailey/POB summer intensive. Might be kind of hard to do an intensive with a bad back…eeeeeek. :(
Have any of you ever had a stress fracture? What was your experience like?