Sometimes, lower back pain can be serious, but usually it is not a medical emergency. This article talks about when lower back pain should be seen to immediately by a doctor and when a physiotherapist is the best choice.
Lower back pain can be extremely distressing. It makes going about the daily routine very difficult, sometimes for months. Most annoying is the fact that it comes without warning from the simplest of movements or behaviours, such as cradling the phone between head and shoulder. But usually it disappears again just as quickly, and although it can be painful and even long term, most of the time, lower back pain is not life threatening. Herniated disks or muscle knots are generally nothing to worry about. However, it is normal to be concerned when your back suddenly starts to give you trouble
Lower back pain can be a warning sign. Perhaps it is a sign of a spinal infection, a fracture, a heart condition, or some kind of disease. But for people who are worried about their back pain, you should know that when it is something serious, you usually do know the difference.
Get checked if….
First of all, pain that gets worse instead of better should be checked out. If the pain doesn’t change when you move around, or feel better after a night of sleep, and if you feel generally unwell in other ways, this is concerning. Another concern to be wary of is numbness or weakness in the legs and groin areas, along with incontinence. And if you have been in an accident or if you’ve experienced any trauma to the spine, be concerned. Lower back pain in these situations may be something serious and should be checked immediately.
Usually not serious
Most of the time, lower back pain is not serious, but because lower back pain caused by muscle or joint strain can last a long time and can interfere with life, it is worrying. Any lower back pain should be treated because, when that pain is dealt with, there will be a significant improvement in quality of life. Seeing a physiotherapist can help to decrease back pain, increase functioning, and can help to pinpoint lifestyle behaviours that cause the pain so you can avoid it in the future.
Physiotherapy involve healing methods, such as ice or heat or electrical stimulation, all of which may sooth the muscle and tissue. It also includes massage therapy, stretching exercises, and exercise. Stretching and exercising strengthens the muscles so the back is less stressed by day to day activities. Exercise also helps to reduce the pain and stop it from easily recurring.
Seeing a physiotherapist about your non-emergency lower back pain is a very good idea. A physiotherapist can help you to determine the cause of the pain and can help you to find ways to improve the health of your back. They can help you come up with a regime of exercises and stretches that will help you to put your life back on course. Once your back pain is gone, you will find that many other complaints also clear up. Back pain can cause depression, lack of energy, and general malaise, so keeping your back and spine healthy will keep you healthy.