A little back pain here or there is normal – it’s part of the joys of aging. Maybe you slept wrong, picked something up wrong, or moved in a certain way. Before you run to see a back pain specialist, determine whether your back pain is chronic or acute. If it’s acute, meaning it is short-term and comes and goes, you may just have to take it easy for a couple days. Acute back pain is any stiffness, aching, or decreased movement in your back that lasts from a few hours to days to a week or two. If you want to prevent acute back pain or alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing, here are some helpful tips:
While these tips are helpful, they are NOT cures for back pain. They are tactics to be used to reduce acute back pain only.
When to See a Back Pain Specialist
As we mentioned, minor back pain that lasts a few days shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. However, chronic, long-term back pain is often a sign of something more serious. Chronic back pain lasts 12 or more weeks and is usually the results of some damage, trauma, or structural problems in the back. Sometimes you will experience back pain following an injury and be able to pinpoint the cause. Other times, chronic pain happens without any idea why. Either way, if you experience back pain with or without tingling or numbness for more than three months, you need to see a back pain specialist to determine what is causing the pain, how to manage the pain, and how to get you back to feeling your best.
If you have been experiencing chronic back pain for more than 12 weeks, it is time to make an appointment with a specialist. Coastal Spine is comprised of a team of back pain specialists in New Jersey who can determine the cause of your back pain and create a customized plan to treat it. Make an appointment on our website or by calling 856-222-4444.