At 19 years old, I was ‘squatting’ 600lbs while training for football in college. While working with a trainer at the time and he advised me to sit down on the bench with the weight still resting on my back. There was an immediate feeling of shock and crush, which caused intense pain in my lower back the moment I sat down. I didn’t know what exactly I did but knew something was wrong. The result was two crushed discs in my back which left me in a vice-grip-like-pain within the first 10 minutes of waking up and it never left me, it tormented me all day long. I let a month pass by, every night thinking this will be it, I’ll wake up and it will be gone. Every morning a depression set in when I realized that it was still there, just as bad and some days worse. I needed help but the process for finding someone to help me was almost as excruciating as the pain in my back.