Injured lower back after going too heavy on machine squats about a 2 years back, then injured it again last year, although the recovery time was half. Since then, I have been unable to do free barbell squats without sharp pain the following day. I have had to stick to leg presses.
In the last few weeks, I have been experiencing similar sharp pains even without any leg work. In fact, it is most painful after a night's sleep or even laying down for a more than 30 min. and then getting up, the pain is at its worst.
Once I'm up and about, the stiffness and pain subside somewhat. I am able to do my workout and cardio as long as I don't squat.
Anyone know why this is and how to recover from it? I never had problems with my sleep position before.