When Should You Take Your Lower Back Pain Serious?
Most people will experience a certain level of back pain at some point in their life. Many types of back pain may not seem serious but it actually are, while other types may be painful, but subside in a few weeks. At the onset of lower back pain, the muscles, ligaments and tendons begin to atrophy immediately and leave you weaker for any future events that may jeopardize your spine. Knowing when to seek treatments from medical professionals and when to just take it easy can help you maintain your spine health and live a pain-free life. Here are a few tips for identifying the type of back pain you have and when you should take it seriously.
Not All Back Pain is Serious
Sometimes a person’s back pain could be intense, but not necessarily serious. An example could be a strained lower back muscle or connective tissue. This type of pain can alter your daily habits and make you think you need severe back pain treatment, but the reality is the pain will go away after a few days if you remain active, take some anti-inflammatory medicine, like Alleve, and pay attention to what you are doing. However, if you are unsure or the pain persists more than a couple of weeks, it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of medical professionals.
When to Visit A Medical Professional
General back pain will usually go away or be significantly reduced in intensity after a couple of weeks. If the pain is not a medical emergency, but lingers on for more than two weeks, it may be time to seek treatment. Chances are your symptoms won’t require severe back pain treatment, but your medical professional can at least provide you with a diagnosis to give you peace of mind and a treatment plan to follow. Trying to diagnose back pain yourself can potentially lead to a wrong diagnosis and potentially more pain than you started with.
When in Doubt, Seek Treatment and Advice
If you have any doubt about the severity of your lingering back pain, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of medical professionals. No one knows your body better than you, so if something doesn’t feel quite right, getting advice from an expert is the best thing you can do. Sometimes you may just need to do lower back stretches to help the pain subside. Other cases may require more intense treatments. And of course, if you experience lower back pain along with other symptoms like a high fever, stomach pain or weakness in your legs, then seek an emergency facility immediately.
DBC Active Spine Care® uses a revolutionary adaptive spine functional restoration methodology to help patients reduce or eliminate their back pain in a scientifically proven and safe protocol. Your daily back pain may not necessarily be serious now, but it could lead to more serious consequences in the future if you don’t work to treat it immediately. Taking small steps to having a healthier back will benefit your future spine health, so contact us today to see how we can help.