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When To Seek Help For Your Back Pain

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When back pain occurs, the consideration process must start. Back pain can arise from multiple causes, yet one should seek medical advice immediately when the pain becomes severe. When injuries occur and the back gives messages indicating that a problem exists, we must also seek medical advice. Injuries often cause neurological conditions. 

When to visit your doctor

If an accident or fall causes you injury, seek medical assistance immediately. Delaying the problem can lead to further complications. If you lift a heavy object and your back starts to ache, seek help. If the muscles in your legs cannot provide support and stability to stand upright on your toes, seek help. You need medical assistance if you feel weakness, tingling, or numbness in the lower trunk, legs, and back. During sleep hours, if your back gives you problems, you endure fevers, and if you experience chills, seek help.

If you notice pain traveling down your arm or leg and back pain, seek help. If you feel joint pain or notice swelling in all areas, including the back, seek help.

If you feel pain in the back, which you believe is not an emergency, you should rest your back. When pain starts from everyday activities, you have over-exerted the joints, muscles, etc. When treating the problem at home, relax in a comfortable position. Lie on your back and place a pillow under your knees. You can also try resting on your back while placing your feet on your couch or chair. The knees should bend at a 90-degree angle. Roll a towel up and situate it so that it supports your neck. 

Rest to ease your back pain

Whatever method you choose, and if it is right for you, allow your back to rest until the pain fades. If the pain continues, however, seek medical assistance. Sometimes you have to rest your back for a few days before it ceases aching. Ultimately, you can visit a massage therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist for help in managing or getting rid of your pain.

When you rest the back, make sure you lay on a firm surface, especially if you are resting for a day. If you lie on a soft mattress for a long time, it could cause problems for the muscles supporting the back. If you are reading a book, you'll want to continue lying on your back during the wake hours rather than sitting up. You want to focus on balancing your body when walking around and use hard surfaces to support your weight. 

How to lie properly in bed

Whichever side of your pain is, sit on the edge of your bed and lower the head, so it balances with your trunk. Raise the legs and slowly turn over onto your back. Use your arms to raise from the bed. 


Disclaimer: The preceding information is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.