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I am a 22 year old male, living in San Francisco, California. I am a avid fitness enthusiast and love living a healthy lifestyle.
I suffered a back injury a couple of months ago while squatting in the gym - the symptom was a sharp pain in the lower right side of my back, probably 8/10 for a few seconds, . It was sub-maximal weight and I immediately stopped thereafter, and visited a physiotherapist and spine specialist a couple of days later. Both were of the opinion that it is nothing serious and most likely just a muscular strain, and that I should give about 4 weeks rest before restarting anything. I did, and have slowly begun training and working up with the weight again. I have no issues with weights that I use for warmup, but anything more, and I feel the same pain in my lower right back, and it remains very sore for a few days thereafter. I have been reading up on this and I can most often find references to back strains and herniated discs, for which a primary symptom is listed as shooting pain into the glutes/legs. I have no shooting pain and it is localized to the lower right back, and aggravated if I bend over or curve my lower back (arch forward).
I had considered that the form of my squat might be the issue, but I have been doing it this way for over 2 years and have never had any back pain. Rather, that can be fixed, what I would like an input on is whether anyone has faced a similar issue, and if I should be worried about this. I don't have this pain during/after doing any other intensive back movements like deadlifts/sumo-deadlifts, it is squats that are the issue.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.