natsimjac1988 saidHey everyone. So lately when I am at the gym and it is a leg day, I have been getting pretty bad back pain that shows up sometimes immediately afterwards and often lasts for days after that. At first, I thought it was just the squats with barbells that I was doing that was causing the pain, but tonight I did some normal lunges while holding dumbells and I now have some pretty bad back pain again! It isnt something that could be mistaken for simple soreness either, this is pretty rough pain in the lower back area. Obviously I don't want to stop doing leg workouts... does anyone else have this problem? I am almost 6'2, so I know being tall tends to lend itself to back problems, but I am only 25 and I really dont want to cause problems now that will only escalate in the future. Any advice will be helpful. Thanks guys!
It could be tight psoas; it could be weak TrA (transvers abdominals); it could be a lumbar facet joint problem; it could be a sacroiliac problem; etc.
If you have radiating pain down your leg, then I'd be concerned about nerve compression originating from somewhere in your lumbar spine.
If the pain persists, check it out with a physical therapist. It's cheaper and lesser of a hassle than having a messed up back for the rest of your life.
I remember having a type of stiffness/tight pain in my back after I did squats, deadlifts and variations, or any type of lower body workout that required a lot of core stabilization (lunges being one). "Core" doesn't mean your rectus abdominis (what makes up the six pack); it better refers to the deeper muscle, the TrA, which acts like a belt that secures and stabilizes your lower vertebra. Planks, supine planks, stability ball roll outs, side planks, bridges with fee elevate, push up plank with pulleys, push up/row combo are some examples of exercises to strengthen the core.
Hope that helps a bit! Oh, and if you could, answer these questions for me, please.
What kind of pain? Describe it. What exactly is "rough pain"?
Does your pain change when you bend over to touch your toes?
Does your pain change when you bend backwards, hands on your hips?
Does your pain change when you bend sideways to either side?
And when you have pain, is there any pain going down your butt/thigh/leg?