Your spine has the important role of helping support your upper body and housing the nerves that transfer signals to and from your brain and the rest of your body. Understandably, when your back is sore, it is difficult to live your life to its fullest. Many cases of back pain are minor and see symptoms recede after a few days or a week of pain. These cases of lower back pain are typically caused by muscle strains from physical stress or sitting too long.
In these cases of minor back pain, you can take some measures at home to help reduce the pain while your back recovers:
- Ice your back to help reduce pain and inflammation
- Apply heat a few days after icing to help provide comfort
- Continue being active to help strengthen your muscles, but don’t overexert yourself and cause more pain
- Stretch your back to help the muscles remain flexible and strong
However, cases of severe and chronic back pain will not respond to home treatments. These cases require medical attention because they may be symptoms of something more serious or may lead to the development of a serious condition.
What are the signs of serious lower back pain?
Ignoring your lower back pain can cause the development of permanent disability and ongoing pain. If you’re not certain how serious your back pain is, you should seek the opinion of your health care provider.
If any of the following symptoms accompany your lower back pain, do not hesitate to seek medical assistance:
- Pain that lasts longer for more than a few days
- Pain that spreads from your back through one or both of your legs
- Pain that is accompanied by fever, bladder problems or weight loss
- Pain that causes numbness and loss of balance
At Arrow Physical Therapy in New Jersey, we specialize in helping patients, like back pain patients, reach their recovery goals and experience a better quality of life. Our team has been recognized for its excellent service and experience in providing health care rehabilitative services.
Our physical therapists work closely with patients to diagnose the cause of your pain and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. Would you like to speak with a member of our team to discover how we may assist you with your back pain? Contact us today to schedule your appointment.