Has your back been hurting for a few weeks now? It might be time to get help. Check out this guide to find out when to see a chiropractor for pain.
Are you part of the one-half of all working Americans who have reported back pain during their lifetime?
Back pain can seriously impact day-to-day life in a negative way, and hinder you from living your life to the fullest by affecting your emotions or even preventing you from performing basic tasks.
If you are wondering when to see a chiropractor, keep reading for some telltale signs.
You Are Unable to Sleep
Sleeping can be difficult enough if you struggle with such sleep disorders as insomnia or sleep apnea. But, if you are noticing that you are unable to lie down in certain positions you are normally accustomed to, or you are waking up with severe back pain, it may be time to look into seeing a chiropractor.
Try changing out your current mattress, and finding the right pillows to ensure that the problem isn’t with your bed. And, if the pain continues, try reaching out to a trusted chiropractor.
You Are Unable to Sit or Stand for Very Long
The average American can sit for more than six hours at a time.
However, if you are finding it difficult to sit longer than 30 minutes without your back feeling extremely uncomfortable, it is time to see a chiropractor.
You Have Been in an Accident
Whether you have been in a car accident, or any other sort of accident in the past or recently, it’s important to visit a chiropractor to see if you have sustained any long-term damage in your back.
Don’t wait to see if back pain surfaces.
If you have been in an accident, physical damage may be present in your back, and sometimes those symptoms can take a while to show up—even appearing in the form of pain years later.
You Care for Someone Else
Caring for children, a spouse, or a sick loved one can require a lot of work from your back. If you are trying to run your house efficiently, you may need to do a lot of bending to complete your daily to-do list (laundry, cleaning, etc).
Most people do not bend properly and overtime improper bending and lifting can cause damage to your back. This damage can come by causing the discs in your back to shift or even rupture.
Children, especially infants and toddlers, may constantly want to hang on you, or desire to be picked up which can also wear down your back over time.
Your Job Is Physically Demanding
If you have to sit or stand for eight or more hours a day, you may notice some back pain after a while.
If your job is one that you plan to work for many years, scheduling a monthly or yearly checkup with a chiropractor can ensure that your back is treated for unknown injuries.
Knowing When to See a Chiropractor
Knowing when to see a chiropractor can be a little more confusing then knowing when to see a primary care doctor.
Most of the signs mentioned in this article go ignored, or are sometimes self-medicated in an effort to save time and money.
Remember that your entire body depends on your back, so seek help sooner rather than later. Contact us for an appointment today.