Get: Be wary of LBP

With our hectic schedules and busy lives, it’s easy to simply IGNORE the messages our body is trying to tell us. That something is wrong. Here are some classic warning signs that your lower back pain is more serious than you might think:.

Lower back pain can be more serious than people think. After working with lower back patients for over 15 years, I’ve come to learn that you should not ignore some important warning signs.

I’ve seen some serious back problems in the clinic and most every patient I met would tell you, if they could …  “Don’t ignore it.”.

1. SITTING BOTHERS IT.
Many serious back problems start this way. It seems harmless enough to not be able to sit very long before the pain forces you to stand up. Recent studies conclude that sitting is the number one worst thing for your back.

The main problem with sitting too much is that it compresses the discs of the spine that act as shock absorbers. Many serious problems occur as discs become too brittle. I’m not trying to scare you (actually I am sort of), it’s just that many back problems begin with difficulty sitting.
WARNING: Don’t sit more than 1 hour at a time without taking at least a 60-second break. Even if you exercise, it doesn’t take away the negative effects sitting has on your body and health.

2. WHEN GETTING OUT OF BED YOUR BODY IS STIFF.

Many blame “getting old” as the reason for why they are experiencing stiffness/soreness when getting out of bed in the morning. In many cases, it’s not old age. If you are younger than 40, especially.

Some people can lose over an inch in height throughout the day! And when you lie down to sleep, the water fills back up, and the volume refills and it can put pressure on the structures of the back thereby causing discomfort.

RECOMMENDATION: Get an examination by a professional (ie. Physical therapist, etc.) who can determine exactly what’s causing your problem.

3. DIFFICULTY GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE CAR. 

If this is a regular thing for you than it can indicate a bigger problem.. Sometimes the pain will get better (especially if you are adapting your body to avoid the pain) but if you are experiencing prolonged pain with this activity, you should seek help.

If you recently strained your lower back playing weekend warrior or doing strenuous activities (ie.. sex, golf, etc.), it’s understandable to have some discomfort getting in and out of the car. If it lasts more than 3 days, there could be something more serious going on.

IMPORTANT: Back pain often subsides on it’s own but usually does not mean the root problem is gone. The body has a way of adapting to pain but in response it could result in bone growth (hypertrophy and arthritis) or even worse the soft structures are hardened. The pain might go away, but worse problems later could be imminent.

4. BUTTOCK MUSCLES ARE GETTING SMALLER.

This is a serious sign. It means the nerves flowing out of your lower back are being constricted. Causing less energy to get to those buttock muscles.

If your jeans are not fitting quite the way they used to (meaning kind of baggy), it could be a red flag there is something going on with your back and it’s affecting the nerves.

Your buttock muscles getting smaller is justified if you simply stopped doing those squats in the gym like you used to or are trying to lose weight. If that’s not the case, it’s a sign.

5. SORENESS OR PAIN THAT LASTS FOR MORE THAN 3 DAYS.

Occasional soreness is ok. It means you are being active. If you have a PAIN that lasts more than 3 days, especially if it gets worse or doesn’t improve, you should seek help.

In many cases, a problem is most easily “fixable” when caught early on. The longer you wait, the worse it can get.

Taking Tylenol, advil, or other pain numbing drugs can give you a false sense of security into thinking you are okay. This can lead to you doing things you shouldn’t given your condition. Whereby making it worse.

CAUTION: Many small problems become big problems when taking drugs for a prolonged period of time.

6. GOING FOR THE ‘QUICK FIX’ CAN BACKFIRE. 

Drugs, injections, and pills are indicated in certain acute situations but I see far too many people taking drugs making the root cause of their problem worse.

Many quick fixes are potentially dangerous and temporary to the body. Deaths have been recorded by those regularly taking drugs such as Celebrex, Bextra, Vioxx, and more.

Masking the symptoms can make it easy to accidently do something to further damage injured tissues.

RECOMMENDATION: See a physical therapist to determine what the best solution is for you.

7. PAIN AND/OR NUMBNESS IN THE SADDLE REGION.

This is a serious sign.
Call a doctor or physical therapist immediately.

8. LOSS OF SENSATION OR POWER IN THE LEGS OR FEET.

This is a serious sign.
Call a doctor or physical therapist immediately.

Back pain often subsides on it’s own but usually does not mean the root problem is gone. I hope this guide helps you on your road to stopping lower back pain. You can also search a directory of the best physical therapists specializing in lower back pain in your area.

NEXT STEP – SOLUTIONS:

Physical therapy often is the best choice for lower back pain. How is it different than chiropractics, acupuncture, massage or medicines?  It addresses and treats the root cause rather than just the symptoms. Many patients get significant relief in their first visit and are done within 6 sessions. And the results are pretty long-lasting. The cost can vary but is typically around $40-$90 per session based on the complexity of your condition. Most who get therapy say they love it.  Mention this article and get a consult or screening for only $47.  Call us now!