I messed up my back doing power cleans with a bent bar. Lost balance and tried to finish the lift anyways. Next day, and 3 weeks afterwards, I could not do anything without twinging my back. It hurt to walk sometimes, which was perfect because the week when my back was the most messed up, I had to walk home from school.
The point of all this is that you will really feel it is something really bad. Mine was just a pulled muscle. I didn’t see a doctor and it got better. I just rested a few days, and began lifting weights. Once I could lift heavy, that’s when all the pain ended.
So, just rest up. Yours doesn’t seem bad. Just don’t be as dumb as me and still try to go balls to the wall with pulling movements and squats with your messed up back. Hell, even bench hurt me. But that’s not the point.[/quote]
I second this. I tweaked my back recently and saw a doctor. It was a strained muscle too. My doctor said that if I had done something worse, then I’d be in much more pain and for a longer period of time.
I had a hard time walking for a day or two, but it feels better every day. I’ve slowly been stretching and getting myself back into the gym.
About a year and a half ago, I tweaked my back worse. I never saw a doctor, but eventually it got better. It took me a good month before I was back in the gym though. The mistake I made that time was not doing anything during that month. I actually think the inactivity caused my recovery time to be longer.
So like ukrainian said, rest up, but as soon as you feel well enough to start doing stuff again, get back in there. Just don’t do too much too quickly. You might not be able to go heavy right away, so just make sure everything feels right before you do.