What You Should Know About Back Pain!
The Basics of Back Pain
Back pain is a common ailment that can disrupt the everyday life of an individual. Luckily back pain is a symptom of the real cause which can be fixed with proper treatment and care. While many people experience back pain, not everyone experiences the same kind of pain. Some people may experience dull or achy pain, while others experience sharp or debilitating pain. Whatever kind of pain you may be experiencing, we understand that it is not a comfortable way to live. If your back pain has been present for more than three months, you probably have chronic back pain. If your back pain is less than three months it is considered acute back pain. Back pain that is severe and long-lasting may need medical treatment from a specialist.
Below are different questions you may have before you seek treatment for back pain. After you have been informed we hope you are able to choose the best treatment option for yourself. Keep scrolling to learn more about back pain.
Why do I have back pain?
Back pain is usually caused by low back strain. Pain usually appears when back muscles are overworked and/or strained. Your pain could be from lifting heavy objects, not lifting objects properly, or standing on your feet for long periods of time. Another cause of back pain is seen among athletes who do a lot of bending and twisting while playing sports. Whatever the cause, back pain is something that can be treated and managed.
If your back pain is serious and ruins your day to day activities, you may have an underlying condition. These conditions include but are not limited to: sciatica, spine injuries, appendicitis, bladder infection, spine fractures, and kidney problems. These all require more specialized medical treatment from a back specialist.
Why should I get help for my back pain?
Back pain can become a serious problem when not treated. These problems include a tilted pelvis, major curvature of the spine, or weak back and abdominal muscles. These conditions can lead to an increased risk of permanent back damage. It is best to get treatment when you are just experiencing back pain, instead of dealing with serious injuries that are harder to fix.
How do I know if I have back pain?
Back pain is much more than just having pain in your back. It can include inflammation, stiffness, and other sensations that don’t quite feel like ‘pain’. You may have pain that radiates down your legs which gives you a tingling sensation. Or you may not be able to move or keep good posture for a significant amount of time. Other symptoms include pain that comes and goes or muscle spasms that last for several minutes.
What treatment options are available?
A good place to start is by making an appointment with your general practitioner. They will give a physical examination and consider your medical history before making a diagnosis. If they see something that is concerning they will recommend tests such as an X-ray or MRI. Depending on whether the tests come back negative or positive, they will suggest further help from a physical therapist, specialist, or chiropractor.
Your life shouldn’t have to revolve around your back pain. Let us at Chalmers Wellness help you on your journey to a pain-free life today. Make an appointment with us today at 214-446-5300.