What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury?
Monday of last week, I messed up my squat, and have not lifted since. Coming up on my last rep I let my torso loosen and ended up angling my spine slightly to the right, causing the bar to tilt that way a bit on my back. The next morning, getting up out of bed, I felt strong pain around my tailbone. This happened any time I bent over at the waist, tying my shoes, getting into my car, pretty similar to this guy's description
though perhaps not as severe (sitting was fine). The day after, the pain greatly subsided, and was more localized in my right butt cheek. Now it's eleven days later and the pain is nearly gone. If I hyper-extend my lower back while sitting in a chair I can feel it, but it's moderate and later in the day quite faint. So, this question is multipart:
1. What kind of doc/therapist should I see? I want to be cautious, having read scary stories on the internet of lifters being wheelchair-bound after squat injuries. Might I need xrays?
2. What strength exercises can I do while recovering? Bench presses and chin-ups ok?
Any other experiences or advice regarding squat lower back injuries welcome.
I'm a 27-year-old male, weighing 150 lb. I was squatting 167.5 lb (low-bar back squat).