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Should You Be Worried About Your Back Pain?

By Sara Butler

Pain is not something you want to experience, but that doesn't mean it's a totally negative thing. Pain is your friend because it lets you know when something isn't right. As an adult, you are likely to experience a lot of different types of pain, one of which is back pain. A twinge here or there may not be something to be super worried about, but it's important to know when you should be worried -- and when you should get to the chiropractor right away. Here's when you need to seek chiropractic help for your back pain.

Back Pain is Common

When you have something wrong with your back that isn't too serious, then the symptoms usually disappear within a few hours or days, even if you feel as if you'll never stand up straight again. Your back pain may not even be the result of a problem with your back but instead tight hamstrings or weak core muscles, which is why it's important to have your back regularly checked by the chiropractor.

Mild back pain can often be managed with regular chiropractic care and exercise, but more severe pain must be decoded in order to help you figure out what is wrong. If your back pain is disabling and persistent, then you need to figure out why.

What You Should Know

How severe your back pain is isn't an indicator of how serious the underlying issue is. So, how do you know if it is serious? In general, your chiropractor may use the following characteristics of your back pain to determine how serious the underlying problem is:

  • Back pain that showed up after trauma such as a fall or auto accident
  • Pain that is constant and only growing worse
  • Chronic pain that lasts more than four weeks
  • Back pain that does not respond to typical treatments such as ice and rest
  • Pain that is worse when trying to sleep
  • Pain in the abdomen along with back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in other areas such as buttocks and inner thighs
  • Weakness and tingling in the extremities

The bottom line is that if you're experiencing back pain, then you need to get into The Joint Chiropractic for help to figure out why. Don't delay in getting help with your back pain so you can keep it from getting worse. If you have questions about the health of your spine, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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