Sometimes, we wait for someone to tell us what to do before we do something. Unfortunately, your back can not speak for itself. Understand the warning signs that your back pain is something that needs to be treated.
Chronic Pain. When we have pain, our first instinct often times is to grab some pain relief medicine. However, this medicine will only treat the pain temporarily and can be dangerous if one becomes dependent on its aid. A chiropractor can help locate the instigator of this pain and treat it from the source.
Traveling pain from your back to elsewhere in your body. If you have pain in your back that travels down your legs or you are experiencing numbness and weakness in your feet or legs, you could have irritated nerves. Your spinal cord is the powerhouse to the many functions of your body and when it is in pain, the rest of your body suffers.
Night pains. If your pain worsens at night, that is not normal. There are a number of reasons this could be happening and the worst thing you can do is take sleeping medication or painkillers to put a bandaid on the problem.
Changing the way you walk to avoid pain. If you have difficulty walking more than a block and find that you are leaning a certain way to alleviate the pain, there is a chance you have stenosis.
Recent trauma. If you have recently been in a car accident or a situation that caused strain on your body and new back pain occurs, it’s best to see a chiropractor. The sooner you make an appointment, the better off you will be in the long run.
If any of these signs relate to you, contact us at Petrak Family Chiropractic to set up an initial consultation.