I injured my lower back on Sunday while doing bent over rows. I felt a spasm in my back and then I was hunched over unable to walk due to the pain. I went to a chiropractor, he said it was a muscle strain and that my 4th disc had shifted a little to the left and rear. It's been 5 days and I am up and walking again after treatment, albeit still sore. This is my first back injury.
For those of you who have gone through something similar to this, how long did it take you to get back to where you were prior to your injury? I am doing some light stretching now, and although I like the doctor I am seeing, he seems a little clueless when I ask him specific workout questions. I was doing MMA 3 times a week and lifting 3 times a week prior to my injury. I realize that I am not going to hop back in to my old routine right away, but I would like a better time table as to when I can resume my previous activities. Do you think I should seek the aid of a therapist? I did some research here and in one link Dr. Ryan mentioned a book "ultimate back fitness and performance" unfortunately this book appears to be out of print. Any other resources that anyone could recommend to me would be most appreciated. Thanks.