There are countless articles and news stories on television, in magazines, and on the Web about how to treat your back pain yourself. However, sometimes pain requires medical treatment by a specialist. Here are a few clues that it’s time to speak to a doctor about treating the back pain you just can’t seem to relieve on your own.
- Many people try to relieve pain by finding a position that is most comfortable for them, such as sitting or standing. Often, this may require going out of your way to sit or stand at every opportunity, or even sleeping in a specific position to avoid pain. If you find yourself trying to work your life around remaining in a specific, pain-relieving position, it’s time to see your doctor for an exam.
- There are numerous suggested stretches and exercises available from the media to rid yourself of back pain, and these are commonly sought methods to relieve pain thought to be caused by overworked muscles or improper posture. While some pain can be treated by stretching in order to loosen muscles and increase flexibility, if these methods don’t seem to have any effect on your condition, consider speaking to a doctor to target and diagnose your pain.
- Often people turn to over-the-counter solutions for pain relief as a fast, easy solution to back pain. There are dozens of medications targeted specifically for relief of muscle pain and tension, as well as hot or cold creams and packs to help soothe aches and pains. If these are not effective in relieving your back pain or require constant doses to keep your pain manageable, it’s time to seek medical treatment from a doctor.
The experienced doctors at Pain Specialists of Orange County know how to spot and treat the conditions that are causing you pain. Let us help you get back to your life faster and pain-free by visiting our website or calling us at (888) 699-1334 today to find out more about our locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine.