Back pain in any form is unpleasant. But there is a distinct difference between muscles worn out from a day of fun with the family and the ongoing pain of an injury that just will not heal. The issue so many experience is that it can be hard to find the line between “normal” aches and pains and the point at which medical care is needed. When it comes to back pain in particular, the pain may make it feel like the problem is worse than it actually is. The ache you feel could indicate something is wrong with your spine, but it could just as easily be a signal that you slept in an odd position. So where is the line? To help you determine when to call your local chiropractor about back pain, use the following signs as a guide.
Increase In Intensity
First and foremost, if you experience severe back pain, it’s a good idea to seek out medical care. Pain is, generally speaking, the body’s way of signaling that something is not right. If your back pain is low-level and manageable, it may be the signal of something minor, like a workout in which you pushed a bit too hard. However, if your pain increases in intensity, that may be the signal that something more concerning is happening. If your pain gets worse, schedule a visit with your local chiropractor to get checked out.
While the intensity of pain in the back is not always a reliable indicator — to an extent, of course; if the pain is intense or debilitating, seek medical help right away — the duration should be a warning metric. If your back pain only lasts for a day or two, particularly if you’ve been doing physical activities that could cause feelings of soreness, the pain may not be anything more than tired muscles. However, if the feeling continues to bother you into the span of multiple weeks, even if it continues to be low-level pain, the duration could be a signal that something is not right.
Minor things in life can cause back pain, and in those instances, the answer may be as simple as a couple days of light physical activity so as to avoid exacerbating the issue. However, if you have experienced any kind of impact and your back pain begins shortly thereafter, this is a signal you should get your back checked out. One of the more common causes of back pain is automotive accidents. Even a mild fender-bender is enough of an impact to affect your spine and cause lingering damage. Yes, even if you don’t notice any pain immediately after. This is why it is important to get yourself checked out after any accident, whether you feel pain or not. That being said, if you have minor back pain and you recently experienced impact to your spine, get checked out (auto accident or otherwise).
Numbness or Tingling
Neither numbness nor tingling in your extremities are good signs. Both sensations can be an indicator that something is happening to your nerves. It may be as simple an explanation as a tight muscle pressing on the nerve, or it could be a signal that your spine or a joint is out of alignment. If you experience any numbness or tingling in addition to back pain, especially if the numbness or tingling spreads/intensifies, it’s time to call your local chiropractor.
Everyone’s body is different, and back problems can present themselves differently from one person to the next. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, natural way of treating back pain, so if you’re ever concerned about your back’s well-being, start there. If you have questions about back pain, ask a professional. Contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria for more information and experienced chiropractic care.