I have recently stopped doing push ups. I noticed that whenever I do them, I get horrible back pain especially after I'm finished doing push ups and (I do them at night a lot) the next day. I thought it was just normal to have pains in my back after exercising, so I thought it would go away. But no. It lasts like up to two and a half weeks after I do the push ups. I am wondering if maybe I just don't exercise enough, and I have a weak back? Anything that stops this problem? I'm skinny.....I wouldn't say I'm in shape though but I'm definently trying to exercise, and now I can't do push ups so I need to solve this somehow. Anyone else has this problem, and what do you use to stop it? I don't think it's fair, because finally at a time in my life I am at the point where I want to exercise (push ups especially) and I can't because of the horrible back pain during and a LOT afterwards. It hurts. Someone help?
I think it might be your form while you're during the push-ups. I suggest asking someone to watch you while you do it so they can correct you--2.5 weeks of pain is pretty bad, if it was just because your back was weak, the pain would be gone in 1-2 days. If the pain persists I'd ask a doc, because I am by no means an expert. I've been doing exercises long enough that I've just learned the tricks of the trade, and to make pain minimal, and the workout still effective!
I agree with what the others have said: have someone with a trained eye spot you. I worked with a personal trainer a while back and I was amazed at how INCORRECTLY I was doing things. I used to do a lot of home exercise videos, so no one was really there to spot me. I think working with a skilled person can definitely improve your form and health. Good luck.
I also agree abotu the form. I am skinny as well, however I do push ups all the time and bad form can definitely cause the pains you just described. Some people tend to lean in so that the back is bent which I can totally see it causing back pains. Make sure to keep your head shoulders and your back are in a straight line and continue to keep that form as your body comes closer tot he floor.
Other than form I have no idea why push ups would cause you such pain! Please let us know if form was the cause of it!
Most def check your form with a professional. You can also try a modified version of the push up. Typically what happens is if you aren't strong enough to do a certain exercise your technique suffers and you will end up doing it wrong resulting in injury. I would say you may want to try a modified version (on your knees instead of toes or flat back) until you are stong enough to do a full push up correctly.