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When Is Back Pain Serious?

By Sara Butler

Most people experience back pain at some point in their lives, that's simply a statistical fact. But what many people wonder is when to know that the back pain they're having is serious and needs treatment by a medical professional.

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want to know any time you're experiencing back pain, as pain is your body's signal that something simply isn't right. But not all back pain means that something is seriously wrong with you or your back. Here's what you need to know about back pain and how to know if your symptoms are something very serious or not.

The Different Types of Back Pain

There isn't just one type of back pain, there are actually two: acute back pain and chronic back pain. Acute back pain is classified as pain that comes on suddenly, often caused by injury such as moving the wrong way or lifting something too heavy.

Most back pain is identified as acute and will resolve in six weeks or less. Chronic back pain, on the other hand, is pain that that lasts longer than that and is the most serious type of back pain you can experience.

Chronic back pain often builds over time and comes back regularly. Underlying conditions are often at the heart of chronic back pain, but there are conditions that can contribute to making it worse, such as weak core muscles.

When Back Pain Is Serious

There are some types of back pain that constitute a medical emergency, which means that you need to get it looked at as soon as possible. Do not wait it out and hope it'll resolve on its own.

The symptoms that may indicate your back pain is serious include:

  • Sharp pain - A dull ache is annoying but not serious. Sharp pain is serious, however, and could indicate a serious issue such as a torn ligament or a deeper problem.
  • Pain that radiates - Pain that shoots or moves down an arm or leg may be an indication that something is wrong with the nerve roots in your spine and must be evaluated.
  • Weakness - Experiencing any type of muscle weakness in the limbs is a sign that something may not be right with the nerves in the spine and must be brought to the attention of a medical professional.
  • Pins and needles sensation - Numbness or that pins and needles sensation in your groin is a bad sign. It may indicate a serious nerve condition, so don't ignore it.

Back pain should always be evaluated. If you're suffering from it, then see the chiropractor at The Joint today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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