We’ve all been told not to look on WebMD if you want to know what is “wrong” with you. Any kind of pain or discomfort usually leads to a very bleak answer on the website. So, what are the signs or how do you tell if your back pain is serious? When you’ve been feeling some discomfort from sitting or standing too long, what do you take into consideration? For the most part, it can seem easy to detect whether your back pain is serious or not. But, there are some times when we think we can brush away the pain and it lingers for far too long.
Back Pain is Common
Unfortunately, back pain is fairly common. When you look at studies done by the American Chiropractic Association, you’ll see that about 80% of people will experience back pain during their lifetime. That’s a high number. That number also leads to many wondering if their pain is serious. Or, is it the result of bad posture or sleeping badly. For starters, examine the kind of pain that you have. Muscle strains and sprains are common causes of back pain. These can happen if you’ve lifted something poorly, fail to exercise, or have bad posture. This type of pain can be taken care of with an ice pack and rest.
With that said, there are cases in which your back pain is the result of something more severe.
Is your back pain serious?
Back pain can also be caused by a condition, infection, or another serious injury. This is the point where you want to see your doctor. There are some tall-tell signs that you should be headed for a check up on the pain you’re experiencing. For example, if you find that the pain isn’t going away you should see a doctor. If a week or longer of rest has not cured your pain, then there is something else going on.
If you were in a recent accident and are enduring pain, it’s better to get a doctor’s opinion. When there’s swelling or redness on your back, this is a good indicator that you’ll need more than an ice pack to get better. There are other signs too, like pain that goes beyond your back, which could be a strained muscle, if there is any numbness or tingling, or if you’re having problems with urination/bowel movements. Many times, there is an underlying issue that is causing you to be in so much pain. And, if you don’t think it’s a minor posture problem, heading to the doctor is always a good idea.
Back pain can often be a serious condition. Our pain specialists have been trained to cover a range of conditions. With their experience and knowledge, they are able to asses the situation and provide the right treatment for you. Whether you have failed back surgery syndrome, joint pain, or arthritis, we can help. Each problem comes with a range of solutions. So, finding some relief in your pain is possible.