Warning Signs of Serious Back Injuries

Back Pain

While eight out of ten Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, most of these injuries are unremarkable and may even go away on their own after a day or two. In many cases, all that’s necessary is heat or ice therapy and a little bit of rest to feel the same as you did before.

However, in some cases a back injury could be accompanied by certain ‘red flags’ which could be warning you that your condition is very serious, indeed. Do you know what to look for? Would you be able to tell if your child needed emergency care for their back injury? After reading this, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a minor injury and a serious medical condition.

Serious Side Effects That Require Immediate Emergency Care

If you have any of these side effects or conditions, you should immediately consult your chiropractic team or go to an emergency room:

  • If the pain you’re experiencing doesn’t let up or gets worse over time.
  • If you lose control of your bladder or bowels.
  • If your back pain is the result of a violent injury, like a car accident.
  • If you develop a fever.
  • If you’re suffering from numbness or tingling in the extremities.
  • If you have a significant loss of strength.
  • If you are younger than 18 or older than 60.
  • If you’re taking steroid medications.
  • If you have or have had cancer in the past.
  • If you’re unable to walk in a straight line.
  • If you’re unable to bend forward at the waist.
  • If you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight.

What Causes Back Pain?

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Our backs are a complicated and fascinating structure that’s made up of bones, muscles, joints and ligaments, and if any of these are injured it can lead to back pain. While we typically think of back pain as something connected to an automobile accident or a work injury, it’s possible for even the slightest of movements to cause a problem. If you’ve ever woke up with back pain, you know how even the simplest of movements can cause serious pain.

Lifestyle factors like poor posture, obesity and even stress can lead to back pain. Repetitive motion injuries are commonly caused by factors like these. If you have a job that involves repetitive motions, talk to your chiropractic team to find out how you can protect yourself from future injury.

Finally, illness can lead to back problems. Kidney troubles, blood clots, arthritis and bone loss can all announce themselves by causing pain in the back.

Your chiropractic team can diagnose and treat almost any back pain that you’re experiencing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been suffering for a few hours or several years, your chiropractor is able to help. Schedule your chiropractic appointment today and get on the road to safe, natural relief from back pain.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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