Hey I recently pulled my back a little at the gym. Here’s how it happenned:
Started my workout with 15 minutes of sprint intervals on the treadmill, followed by a 15 minute full body stretch. Moved on to squats, and then deadlifts. On the last set of deadlift as I was putting the bar back on the ground, I felt a little stretch in the lower extremity of my back… the muscles around the tailbone of the spine right above the glutes. Started to stiffen up a little, I thought it was noting. Did a few sets of reverse hyper extensions, and that I think made it worse. I might add that I had worked out my chest and back the previous day.
Anyway, went home, and iced it for 10 mins. Iced it again after 2 hours, for 10 mins. It stung a bit as I iced it, and stung even more after icing. While changing, I noticed a bright red spot where I had placed the rectangular ice gel pack.
The redness has gone down a bit, but the soreness and stifness is still there. I wonder what would be a good time to start working out again. I believe it takes 6 days for your lower back to recover completely. I’ve been taking Iboprufen, 400mg twice a day, for the last 3 days. Should I continue taking it? I have seriously pulled my back once, it happenned years ago, due to heavy seated cable rowing righ after heavy deadlifts.
What are your thoughts and recommendations? Sorry for the long post, but this little mishap has really put a dent in my training. I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks.