When Pain Is More Than a Backache
By Donna Stark
It's been a tough few weeks, hasn't it? Weeks filled with pain, limited mobility, and unproductive days. At first, you thought the problem was just a common backache and didn't think it was a big deal. In fact, you hoped it wasn't anything serious and even gave it a couple of days to work itself out of your life. But, as time has gone by, reality has set in. This pain is here to stay and by now you need help. Fortunately, you can find that help by heading on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
When Your Pain Turns the Corner
If, after a few days, your pain doesn't start improving, your best bet would be to seek help as soon as you can because discomfort in your lower back isn't always "just a backache." It could be something entirely different and more serious to deal with, such as sciatica. Take a look at the differences between the two so you can become more informed.
- Back pain - Pain in your lower back is generally the result of a medical condition, bad habits, or an injury. It can either be acute, which means it will last from a few days to a few weeks, or chronic, which means it lasts longer than three months. Some common examples of what causes back pain are scoliosis, poor posture, and muscle strains and sprains.
- Sciatica - Unlike back pain, which deals mostly with the muscles, ligaments, and the spine, sciatica deals more with your nerves, the sciatic nerve to be exact. This nerve is the largest one in the body. It starts in your lower back and travels down through the back of your legs to your feet. Yes, it can cause back pain, but that's not the only symptom it delivers. It can also cause hip pain, tingling sensations down your legs, weakness, numbness, and impaired mobility.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help
There really is no good thing about back pain or sciatica, but there is definitely hope and you can find it at The Joint Chiropractic. Your local chiropractors will identify and target the underlying source of your discomfort with safe, gentle, and effective adjustments. You will finally be able to find the relief your body has been screaming for but best of all, you will be able to do so naturally! So stop dealing with your pain. You gave it a chance to leave on its own and it refused, so now it's time to get serious! Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic today for an accurate diagnosis, quick relief, and long-lasting results. Your body will thank you for it!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.