Through education and clinical practice, we become intimately aquatinted with the signs and symptoms of lumbar disc injury in our patients - tingling or pain in the legs, flexion intolerance, low back pain and tightness. We also know the classic activities most likely to cause disc injury - loaded spinal flexion. For years of school and practice I have lived the lumbar disc injury and recovery cycle countless times vicariously through my patients, being lucky to evade injury myself. Not without trying, I have pushed myself in the gym, performing exercises I know carry a high risk for lumbar injury - not out of recklessness, but out of a love for pushing my physical limits - never thinking I would join the 85% of the population destined for a low back injury during their lifetime. Then it happened.