Results from chiropractic care

Back pain, in general, is extremely common. But back injuries range from mild muscle strains to severe spinal cord injuries, and sometimes it can be hard to tell when a heating pad will do the trick, when it’s time to schedule an appointment with the chiropractor, and when back pain indicates a true medical emergency. Here’s some basic guidance:

Signs of Non-Emergency Back Problems

If back pain persists more than a few days, or recurs on a regular basis, then it’s probably time to see a chiropractor. Many patients see results from chiropractic care when it comes to treating alignment problems in the spine, as well as muscle strains and associated problems. Some of the most common symptoms that send people to the chiropractor include the following:

  • Persistent backache

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Tension headaches

  • Jaw and facial pain

  • Sciatica (pain radiating from the lower back down one or both legs)

Emergency Spinal Injury Symptoms

There are some signs of back problems, however, that indicate more serious injuries to the spinal cord. Here are some spinal injury symptoms to look out for:

  • Acute, building pressure in the neck, head or back

  • Trouble coordinating body parts

  • Difficulty with walking or balance

  • Numbness, weakness or loss of sensation in the extremities

  • Tingling in the extremities

  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

Chiropractic care may be a part of posture and spinal rehabilitation, but these types of symptoms should prompt a trip to the emergency room, not a call to a local chiropractor.

When to Seek Preventative Screenings

It’s important to note that although spinal injury symptoms are sometimes immediately apparent, it’s also common for no symptoms to occur at all or for symptoms to come on gradually as swelling and/or bleeding in the spinal cord increases. For this reason, it’s recommended that anyone involved in a traumatic accident (like a car or sports accident) or anyone who receives a head injury get screened regardless of symptoms. Often, the time between the injury and implementation of treatment is critical in minimizing lasting damage.

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