About a month ago I injured my lower back while Deadlifting and Shrugging (bending over to pick up the bar then shrug). I had sharp pains for a couple days and used a heating pad. It seemed to help but I hated not using the deadlift in my workouts, so from a month off I started again yesterday.
I started real light, and worked my way up through 3 sets. By the 4th set, I had added a considerable amount of weight but ended up injuring my lower back again. It’s like a sharp pain right in the lower spine.
This is most likely caused from my form and not using enough legs during the deadlift. My question is, are there any exercises recommended to replace the deadlift, or simply strengthen the lower back so I can help avoid injury in the future.