Alright so in the past, I've my lower back has gotten a little sore from working out legs and what not. Exercises that I do for legs that I think could harm my back are squats, leg presses, and lunges.
The slight soreness I've always been able to deal with and I always fully recovered by my next back and leg workout.
But today, I tried to change my form up a little bit to see if I could take away that lower back pain from leg workouts.
On squats I lightened the weight and focused on keeping my shoulders back and my back as straight as possible. It felt pretty good.
But on leg press is where it got nasty. When I usually leg press, my back is usually arched and my back usually forms a triangle with the seat and the thing you lay back on and I usually put my feet up pretty high on the platform. Today I lowered my legs a little and tried to keep my back to the seat with minimal arch. Everything felt fine except that my quads were squeezing my stomach a lot more when lowering the weight. On my last set, I felt a very slight pain during the set, but thought it was just cause it was heavy weight. But after my last rep when I pushed the weight up to rack it, I felt an excruciating pain in my lower back. It hurt to get up. I decided to stop there and go home. I don't think my back has ever hurt so bad. It hurt when I tried to put the weights back, it hurt when I tried to open my car door anything that involved me to bend slightly forward.
Any ideas on what I should do for now until I can get my back checked out? I have no health insurance but I pay for medical stuff in my tuition so I can go to the Health Service Center on campus. I'm icing my lower back right now and have been doing some stretches.