Knowing When to See a Chiropractor
By Donna Stark
Your back hurts and it's one of those situations where you aren't sure what to do, kind of like the times when you start sniffling and coughing at home. You know what I mean. The times when your phone is in your hand and you are wondering if you should wait it out to see how you feel the next day or if you should take faster action and make that appointment with your doctor? Fortunately, there are a few ways to tell when you need to take action with back pain and even more fortunately, you never need to make an appointment at The Joint Chiropractic. So put down that phone, take a look at the following tips, and if you need to, just head on in to see your local chiropractor for relief!
If Rest Doesn't Help
You may just look at your back as a simple body part consisting only of your spine and muscles, but in fact, it is one of the most complex systems of the body. With all of its components (nerves, muscles, bones, and connective tissue) it's no wonder that so many different injuries can occur. Sometimes, the pain will subside on its own after you give it some rest, but if rest doesn't seem to help, you need to seek care as soon as possible.
If the Pain is Getting Worse
Time may be your friend in many situations throughout your life, but if you are dealing with constant pain that is only getting worse as the days go by, you may want to see your local chiropractor sooner than later! When inflammation or injury happens to your spine, the risk of nerve damage is increased if you wait too long to seek care. Here are some red flags to look for.
- Increase in pain intensity
- Burning, numbness, or tingling in your extremities
- Decrease in mobility and function
See Your Chiropractor Today
After a thorough evaluation, your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic will identify and then target the root cause of your pain with precise adjustments. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective approach that avoids the use of prescription medication and invasive procedures, so you can begin the healing process without additional side effects or risks.
Easy and Quick Relief
Pain is the warning your body sends when something is wrong, so pay attention to it. Be mindful of how long it lasts, where it occurs, and what you did to treat it so that you can make wise decisions with your future care. And if the time comes that you do need to give it more attention, come on in to The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 500 locations nationwide and hassle-free visits, pain relief has never been so easy to find!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.