So i pulled it about 3 weeks ago, and it's still in pain. It actually felt better and on the brink of healing fully 2 days ago, but i did squats, and the pain's come back. I think i should lay low until then, but i don't feel very productive doing just cardio, and i hate cardio. So for those who's had this, do you stop lifting, do lighter weights/higher reps, lighter weights/same reps, avoid lower back stuff like squats, deads, etc, or rest all together? Also, I'm pretty weary of hurting my back again in the future, would getting a belt matter if i don't lift too much (~225 squat & 305 dead with ~8 reps). I've always had the impression that belts were for the 8 platers.