When is it Time to See a Doctor?

When it comes to back pain, it’s often a good idea to seek out the help of your Edmonds chiropractor or other professional attention as soon as you can.  However, there are certain red flags you should be on the lookout for that you should always bring to your doctor right away:

  • Tell your doctor if you feel a numbness, tingling, or weakness in your limbs.  There might be some damage in your spinal cord that is putting you at risk of serious nerve damage.

  • If you have back pain that extends down the back of your leg, this could be a sign of sciatica.

  • If your back pain increases when you bend at the waist, or when you cough, you might have a herniated disc.

  • If you have back pain that is coupled with a fever, or a burning, strong-smelling urine, you might have an infection.

  • If you ever have trouble controlling your bowels or bladder, you might be at risk of nerve damage.