Hello, this is my first post on what looks to be a great website.
Last summer (one year ago) I was squatting without a spotter. I for some reason pushed myself to do more weight then I usually do. I finished the set with no problems, but definitely had to struggle on my way up. I must have broken form or rounded out my back at some point however, because the next day my back was in lots of pain. I could still move fine and had complete mobility, but it hurt the whole day no matter what.
I stopped lifting for awhile and the pain eventually went away. However, I stupidly did not take any treatment measures and got involved in other physical activities way too soon. I could still feel the pain a little, it was more a annoying ache whenever I was active. Once I went back to college I started lifting again but only working on arms. One day I played basketball and had really bad back pain again after the game. I consequently have laid off of any serious physical activity and the pain always goes away. The only time it comes back is when I am sitting at a chair for a long time.
This summer I started physical therapy to improve my strength but it has made it far worse. I also again stupidly went to hard in a soccer game hurt it again from that. I got an MRI and x-ray and both of them show no problems.
I am seeing a sports medicine doctor in a few days for a more specialized approach and am taking prescribed naproxen. Obviously I did not treat my original back injury with enough respect. I now realize the attitude and duration it will take to heal.
My question is, is there anything else I should be doing? The doctor said it should have healed by now but my theory is that I never let my back strain (my guess as to what it is) fully recover and have probably strained it again a couple times. I believe that it will take months, months, and months now to fully heal combined with major lifestyle changes.
Is there a chance that I will never be able to play sports again without pain? Should I see a chronic pain management professional as well? Has anyone ever suffered common injuries and have any advice? The big thing is that the pain only comes back with physical activity.
Thank you kindly for any comments/advice you may have to offer. I am ready to treat my back with the care it requires now.