How to Know It’s Time to See a Doctor about Your Back Pain
By Savanna Stone //
Back pain is something that a lot of people like you write off thinking, it’s just something I have to live with. Or maybe you blame it on sitting at your desk all day, lifting the couch so you can vacuum under it, or sleeping on a bad mattress. Whatever the reason is you put off seeing a doctor about your back pain, maybe it’s time to ask yourself a few questions and get to the bottom of what your body is trying to tell you.
Ask yourself these questions about your back pain:
How long has my back pain lasted?
Any pain in the body that persists should be a warning sign to you that something is wrong. Chronic back pain is defined as pain that lasts three months or longer. If your pain has lasted a few weeks or days, maybe it’s time to see a chiropractor. If it has lasted three whole months, it’s probably time to pay a visit to your family doctor to figure out what is going on.
Am I experiencing any tingling or numbness?
Tingling and numbness can be signs of more serious issues. If you are experiencing these symptoms, go get checked out.
Can I sleep through the night?
If your back is bothering you through the whole night, this is also a sign that you need to get a doctor to take a look at your back. If you have a healthy back, it probably isn’t stopping you from sleep.
Can I easily perform regular activities?
Does doing the dishes, bending down to pick something up, sitting in any position on the couch, or everything you do cause you pain? If you can’t get through your day without writhing in pain during simple activities, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.
A note from Dr. McKay Holland, D.C.:
Everyone should see a chiropractor. If you have any kind of pain or discomfort in your body, a chiropractor can help relieve that pain. Also as a regular check up to make sure your body is functioning at its highest level, visit a chiropractor every one to three months, even if you don’t experience regular pain.
Can the Chirp Wheel help relieve back pain?
Try out the Chirp Wheel+ to relieve your upper back pain, lower back pain, or mid-back pain. Using the wheel when your muscles are feeling extra tight can help relieve pain. Check with your doctor to see if the wheel is right for you.