Back pain is very common and is one of the leading causes of disability world wide.
It can range from a simple muscular ache to a raging hot disc with referred pain down the legs or even referred pain from cancer!
So how do you know how bad, is bad? And when to seek help!
Take a look at the following list to see if you have any warning signs and symptoms alongside your back pain. There might be more going on that what is seems!
- a fever of 38 degrees Celsius and above
- unexplained weight loss
- pain down into the legs or knees
- recent trauma or injury to the back
- loss of bladder control
- inability to pass urine
- lose of bowel control
- numbness or tingling around genitals, buttocks or anal area
- have cancer, osteoporosis or a recent infection
In these situations it is best to go to your GP or emergency room as rapid treatment may be necessary.
I don’t have the above, but I still have pain?
So, good news, you can relax a little! Most back pain can resolve itself within a couple of days.
Have a look at some of these helpful tips and tricks to help get you through those periods:
- stretch tight muscles
- use a trigger point ball or foam roller over trigger points
- keep moving and avoid bed rest when you can
- keep hydrated
- use ice/heat
- use over the counter anti inflammatories
Unfortunately, the statistics show that 2 out of 3 people will still have back pain 3 months down the track. Pain levels might be lower but the back pain is still there.
This is a problem as everybody has work to do, a job to go to, chores to do around the house, holding bub in one hand and cooking for the family in the other.
Imagine the impact that it would have on your work and lifestyle if you left it, thinking it would stop itself but instead became chronic.
“Your spine is literally the back bone of your body!”
This means you need your back for everything, you can’t do anything without using your back muscle sand joints.
From standing sitting, walking and playing to carrying, lifting twisting and running.
We are here to help!
This is where Chiropractic, Remedial Massage therapists and other manual therapists come in. They can help target problem muscles and ligaments and restore joint motion and balance to the body by looking at the spine, pelvis and the rest of the body.
They can help aid with quicker recovery times so that it doesn’t become chronic. And if it became chronic, it would help to manage and reduce symptoms so that you can continue to do things you need to do.
If you’re seeking advice or personalised support speak with one of our experienced practitioner’s here at the Hills Natural Health Centre.
At the Hills Natural Health Centre, our experienced team of practitioners use a holistic approach paired with evidence-based medicine to help support you on your health journey.
Book your FREE consultation here today or phone the clinic on (08) 9298 8332
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