I'm very grateful for the continued advice I've gotten here.
Unfortunately, I have encountered my first weightlifting injury since I started nine months ago. I'm fairly certain it was due to poor form on the Stiff-Legged deadlift (didn't keep the barbell close enough to my body). It didn't seem very bad until I did back day on Friday, which probably aggravated the problem.
Anyways, my lower back is in discomfort. I'd rate it about a 4 or 5 on a scale from 1-10, 10 being excruciating. I can still bend over, but it's not very comfortable.
I've skipped my past two days at the gym to try and give it some rest. It feels like it's a little better, but I wanted to know from the experts how long you think I should wait to get back in the gym. Do I have to wait until the pain is gone completely?
I would ice your back, take some asprin, and see a doctor.
Thanks for the help guys....do you think I should stay out of the gym completely? Sitting around is killing me...I'd at least like to go do some cardio or something, but I don't want to do any damage if it's possible to do so with such light activity.
Foam Roll and stretching should be ok.
I was just messing around doing a set of deadlifts when I hurt my back. I ended up pulling a tendon in my back, it took two months to heel. Doing anything to aggravate it set me back. Until I stopped lifting completly was when it heeled. I'm not saing you should do this but, thats what I went threw.
Alright, I've been giving my back plenty of rest, been out of the gym for a week. I can still feel it sometimes, but at least not when I'm walking or doing most bending over.
Your thoughts on whether I can start going back to the gym, and if so, which lifts can I go heavy on? Bench press? I'm going to take it easy on the squats and deadlifts.
Definitely see a doctor, then undergo whatever type of treatment he/she recommends. I was out for over a year with a similar-sounding back injury from squatting.
It's really not worth the risk. The doc might just tell you to take some Advil and not workout for 3 days.
Give chalk a chance.
49 years old
if its your lower back that means it's simply a pulled muscle because pain in the lower back is always related to the muscles. this means its no sort of spine problem or n e thing. same thing happened to me a couple years back wen i was cleaning. i put on a back brace and went to football practice the next day
From the sound of it, it sounds like you have acute back pain. I would see a doctor and avoid putting your lower back under any phyiscal strain. Is it really worth the risk...?