It’s affecting your sleep
If your back pain is worse at night time, when you are resting, then you should seek advice. Sleep, especially quality sleep, is vital for your everyday health and wellbeing. Lack or disturbed sleep will not help if you are already in pain or discomfort.
It’s stopping you from doing things
If your pain is stopping you from carrying out regular daily activities then it it’s time to seek professional advice. A dull pain can be bearable but if it is affecting the things you enjoy, or even the things you just have to do, then it can also have a negative impact on your mood.
The rest of your body…
If you are experiencing pain, unusual discomfort, numbness, tingling or weakness in other areas of your body then seek professional advice. An Osteopath can then determine if the injury is more than just back pain.
The pain is constant and getting worse
Lower back pain can sometimes take a few weeks to disappear on its own. However if, after using remedies such as ice or pain relief, the pain is not improving or if it is getting worse then it’s time to seek advice.
Back pain that continues…
Four to six weeks is long enough to put up with a dull lower back pain. By this time you will be fed up with it and it’s a sign that you need intervention by a professional expert.
The pain is severe…
If the pain is severe and does not improve after a day or two of using typical remedies then you need to seek help.