Just got done with a lifting session and hopefully have not injured myself seriously...
I was attempting to dead lift 375lbs for 5, on my 2nd rep about at knee level, I feel a crack/pop in my lower back... I immediately drop the weights, take off my weight belt and lay down on a bench. 2 weeks ago I lifted 365lbs x5 with ease.
It felt like I majorly popped/cracked my back similar to how you can crack a knuckle or when you have someone walk on your back. I had my power belt on very tight, maybe too tight?
Right now (about 30 minutes later), it is not too painful but I feel compelled by my body to maintain strict posture and a lingering feeling of my back needing to be cracked to get back to normal (which I will not do). There does not appear to be any swelling.
I don't have health insurance, so any advice beyond going to the doctor would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the help!