We all feel a few aches and pains now and then, and many of us suffer from back pain from time to time. But will your back pain clear up on its own with a little rest and ice? Or is it time to see a professional for your back pain? Here are some considerations to help you decide.
Pain as an Indicator
Although we don’t welcome pain, it really is an ally. Pain lets us know that something is wrong and gives us a constant reminder that we have to pay attention to the painful area. In fact, many people don’t take pain relievers at all because they want to listen to what the pain is telling them.
Back pain that goes away quickly is seldom serious. Most people manage occasional back pain with rest, ice, stretches, or massage. More frequent bouts of pain may need long-term remedies such as weight loss and strengthening exercises.
When Back Pain Comes with Red Flags
Sometimes back pain doesn’t go away in a day or two. Pain may seem deeper within the body and may radiate to other locations. You should consider these red flags. If you have these conditions, monitor your back pain carefully:
- Changes in bodily functions
- Nerve issues such as numbness
These Conditions Warrant Professional Help
Sometimes it’s clear that your back pain is more serious and you must get a professional evaluation. Don’t linger indefinitely, hoping you will recover on your own. See a professional if:
- Back pain is persistent and doesn’t clear up in a day or two
- The pain gets worse
- Back pain, even if mild, that continues for more than four weeks
- Back pain after a trauma such as a fall or other accident
- Back pain that’s worse at night or wakes you from sleep
- Back pain accompanied by abdominal pain
- Pain accompanied by numbness, weakness, or tingling
King Chiropractic Can Help Your Back Pain
When it’s time to consult a professional for your back pain, call King Chiropractic at (910) 777-7228. King Chiropractic will focus on finding the cause of your back pain and finding a solution tailored to your needs. We specialize in providing fast, lasting pain relief.
King Chiropractic offers therapies to reduce soft tissue inflammation for immediate pain relief and to speed healing. We offer chiropractic adjustments, cold laser therapy, active-release techniques, and much more to get you started back on the road to a pain-free life. Call us today at (910) 777-7228.