Need some help here and opinions....
So I injured my lower back/lumbar/sacral area about 4 weeks ago doing my last heavy set of deadlifts. On the last rep of the last set going down I felt it pull doing my 5x5 program so by the last set I was already pretty gassed....
The first 2-3 days or so it was painful and it felt like my back was "locking up" or I was having muscle spasms if I sat a certain way on the couch or in my car....in some cases I couldn't drive bc of the way I sat in my car it would spasm.
However, its been a month and its much better however I still feel it.....I haven't been able to do deadlifts in a month and I'm laying off lower back stuff.....although I admit I still do light squats....
I am afraid it might be a herniated disc or something worse, rather than a pull or strained muscle or ligament.....bc wouldn't a pulled muscle/ligament have healed in 4 weeks already? BUT from the initial symptoms of locking up and spasms when I first did it, I'm thinking its muscle related....maybe a bad erector spinae strain?
What do you guys think? Is there any way to tell bt a pull/strain or a herniated disc?? Besides an X-Ray or MRI?
I've never had an injury this long and I'm getting frustrated that I still feel some mild dull pain there.....
Thanks for your help.....!