There are many different types of pain a person can have. You can have pain on the surface of your body and localized or you can have deep pain in multiple places that is hard to pinpoint. Either way, pain is telling you something and when it is a constant pain, it could be telling you that something more serious is wrong. When back pain for instance becomes persistent and disabling, it indicates that there is need for diagnosis and it is time to see a doctor. Some get use to living with the chronic back pain and never see a doctor but what if you could take measures to live a happier and less pain filled life?
Visiting a Doctor for Back Pain
If the pain is not telling you that it is time to see a physician, the real question is how does one know? Of course there are exceptions, but there are several known guidelines of when it is time to see a doctor for your back pain:
If the back pain has any of the following characteristics, it is time to make an appointment with your physician for an evaluation:
- The pain is constant and getting worse
- If the back pain continues more than four to six weeks
- The pain is worse at night
- Numbness or altered sensation in the buttock or upper inner thigh area
- Back pain that follows a trauma, such as a car accident or fall off a ladder
- Neurological problems, such as numbness or tingling in the leg or arm area
- The pain is severe and does not improve after a day or two of typical remedies (Ice and common pain relievers)
If you think it is time for you to see a specialist, give Pain Specialists of Columbia call, 803-252-4900 or visit us online to get BACK to life!