starting several weeks ago, i started having lower back discomfort.
happened after doing some heavy deads.
few days later, it was squat day and the discomfort was still there.
didn't want to make an excuse and not do the squats and did them anyway.
discomfort turned into mid-level pain the next day.
last week went to see my chiro (who is an avid lifter himself) and he told me my l3 and l4 are out of place and i need to stay away from squats or deads till i feel better.
this includes other upright compounds such as stiff legged deads, cleans and standing barbell shoulder presses - they all put a strain/load on my lower back...sigh once again..
he also told me my lower back muscles are weak.
currently, i'm just working out my upper body (sigh) and being very careful not to strain my back.
here are my questions:
1. i've been actively doing squats and deads for the last year. stopped doing lower back extensions (the reverse sit ups) thinking squats and deads will take care of them --> should i go back to lower back extensions, build my back and then go back to squats and deads?
2. if i've been doing squats and deads, how did my lower back muscle get weak? my form is damn near perfect (verified by fellow lifters) so i'm confused.
3. anyone else experience this and if so, can you offer some feedback/advice?
i guess i can keep my legs strong doing leg extensions and curls but i really relied on squats and deads as the foundation....this really blow...but i guess injuries are part of lifting..