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Signs Your Back Pain Is Serious

By Sara Butler

Back pain is a common complaint. It's so common that the American Chiropractic Association states that most people will experience it at some point in their lives. But when back pain strikes, how do you discern the "wait and see" from the true emergencies? The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic know a thing or two about treating back pain. While all back pain should be evaluated by a chiropractor, there are some pains that deserve immediate medical attention. Here is how to tell if your back pain is an emergency that needs help right away.

A Recent Injury

Many people suffer back pain as a result of an injury. When you hurt your back from something such as an automobile accident or fall, you always want to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as you can. It's possible that you have an injury that goes beyond pulled, painful muscles.

Unexplained Weight Loss

Usually, working toward a healthy body weight is a positive thing, but if you're losing weight without trying and also experiencing back pain, then you need to see a medical professional as soon as you can. That's because tumors can grow in the spine that weaken the bones in the spine and lead to pain or even fracture. If you have a history of cancer or you're a smoker, don't delay in having your back pain looked at.

Nighttime Pain

If you're experiencing pain in your back that's keeping you up at night and it's not a product of a mattress that's past its due date, then it could be a sign of something serious. Back pain from normal wear and tear as you age will feel better when you rest. So if you're experiencing back pain in the night that wakes you up, then you should assume that there's something deeper going on and have an evaluation at The Joint Chiropractic as soon as possible.

You're Going Numb

If you're experiencing back pain coupled with numbness, then it's time to get it evaluated. Numbness in the legs along with back pain may indicate you've got something going on with your spinal nerves. If there's an injury that is impacting the spinal nerves, permanent damage can be done, so it's absolutely crucial you're evaluated!

Don't ignore back pain. No matter what the underlying cause, it's always something to have looked at by the chiropractors at The Joint.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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