Hey guys so just curious on some Input, I strained my lower back today deadlifting but did not feel any major pain or discomfort until a few hours later. I was working with a 3x5 set of 275 and used six warm up sets. During the third or maybe fourth set I thought I felt a pull on my back, but it did not hurt for more then a couple seconds and I thought I just had some awkward positioning.
I finished my workout at the gym with some leg raises and went home and a few hours later upon standing up I had a very tight lower back with pain that is making standing up straight totally straight hard to do. I looked in the mirror and noticed my lower back muscles in the thoralumber region are inflammed, especially my left side. I am going to take at least four or five days off any kind of lifting, and do some heat therapy, foam rolling,nutritional support, etc. However I cannot afford going to a chiropractor or doctor so I am assessing if this is something I can just let heal on its own over the next couple weeks, or I should just schedule a doctor appointment regardless and find a way to finance it.
The pain and tightness are not too debalitating it just makes me look goofy hunching around like I am ninety years old. It makes walking a bit challenging to do completely up right obviously, and bending over I don’t feel added pain or significant added tightness/pressure, it starts to hurt a lot more when standing around too much though. With this all in mind I would typically just let my body heal itself and not think about it. It is just the noticable inflammation that makes me question having a professional look at it too.
Is noticable inflammation like this common in a strain or tear of the tissue, the muscles are noticably protruded. Also is there something a doctor typically prescribes that is necessary for this, or is this kind of injury just something to recup at home in most cases? Or perhaps it is worth looking into making sure this is not a disc related injury as well, which may have a different requirement for time away from the gym?
Thanks for any help!