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Is Your Back Injury Serious?

By Sara Butler

A lot of people experience back pain. In fact, over the course of your life, you have about an 80 percent chance of experiencing it, according to the American Chiropractic Association. But when you hurt your back, how do you know when it’s really serious? Should you just rest or see your chiropractor as soon as possible? Here are a few ways you can tell if your back injury needs immediate attention.

Significant Pain or Swelling

When you hurt your back, some pain or swelling is to be expected. But if it’s anything beyond minor, you probably need to see a professional for help. Pain that makes it difficult to sleep or hurts so much that you can’t perform basic, everyday tasks should be examined.

If you have a serious injury and don’t get it treated, then it may take longer for you to recover. So, the quicker you have it addressed by the chiropractor, the sooner your body can work to heal itself.

You Can’t Walk or Stand

If you hurt your back and are unable to walk or stand without severe pain, then see your chiropractor. You should also be seen as soon as possible if you experience tingling or numbness along with pain in your arms or legs. In that case, you may have an injury that is impacting the nerve roots at your spine and that needs to be looked at immediately.

You Can Move the Affected Area

If you have swelling or pain that have made your spine unstable and you can’t move your body normally, then see your chiropractor. No matter what kind of injury you have, if it’s making you walk around as stiff as a robot, then it may be more than just a pulled muscle.

What You Should Do

When you do injure yourself, place ice on it immediately. This can help to give some relief to minor muscle sprains and strains. If you experience any of these symptoms, then seek medical help soon: 

  • Bumps or lumps in the spine not related to swelling
  • Streaks or redness across your back
  • Severe pain with walking

These symptoms should not be shrugged off (especially if you can’t shrug!). Go see the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic or get to the emergency room as soon as you can to make sure it's not something serious that could only get worse.

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

 

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