We’ve all done it, you wake up with a sore back after doing some yard work or being out playing with the kids and figure it’s just an ache and will go away. This may be the case but what if it’s not? Today I wanted to give some examples of instances where that ache in the back could be something more significant.
Pain radiating down the leg- if you have pain coming down your leg which seems to start in your low back there is likely some nerve involvement. The nerve can be irritated at the nerve root near your spine or more distally, either way this is more than just a sore back.
Severe pain- any time you have pain that is severe in nature it is likely more than just some normal post activity soreness.
Numbness, tingling or legs “giving out”- these are signs of more significant nerve damage.
Pain that seems to be getting worse- a normal back ache should resolve within a few days of relative rest. If not you may have something more going on.
Recurring episodes of back pain- if your back ache keeps recurring there is likely something more going on.
For the symptoms above your back problems probably aren’t going to go away on their own and you should see a medical professional. Keep in mind though that this is not an all inclusive list and there are other instances (like recent unexplained weight loss or unremitting night pain) that you should contact your doctor.
Back pain is not unusual. As a matter of fact 8 out of 10 Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime. Seeing a physical therapist can be one of the best ways to help with that back ache and make sure it doesn’t turn into something more significant. A PT will sit down with you, get your history and figure out the best plan to not only reduce your pain but also keep it from coming back in the future.
At Complete Game Physical Therapy we specialize in the treatment of back pain and can help you take control of your back problems today. Visit our website or call our Lowell office at 978-710-7204 to make an appointment.