Your back hurts, and you aren’t certain what to do about it. After all, back pain may signal nothing more than sleeping on a rock-hard mattress or strain from helping your neighbor move their armoire. Unfortunately, persistent back issues may signal a more serious problem –one that requires expert medical treatment. If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, you may be living with a significant back problem that is negatively affecting your quality of life.
Morning Pain and Stiffness
After a good night’s sleep, you are supposed to wake up refreshed and reinvigorated. If you have a back problem, you may regularly wake up stiff and in pain. Simply getting out of bed may require hanging onto the bedposts and slowly putting your feet on the ground. Remember, aging alone does not account for morning back issues. You shouldn’t be starting your day groaning and moaning.
Problems after Sitting
In the past, you probably found sitting down relaxing and restful, but back problems can make sitting for any length of time difficult. If you work at a desk, the end of the day may require painful maneuvering to escape your office chair. If you can no longer sit without your muscles becoming stiff and uncomfortable, you may well have a back condition that needs medical treatment.
Reliance on OTC Pain Relief
Most people keep a bottle or two of over-the-counter pain medication at home, including ibuprofen or naproxen sodium to treat their minor aches. Taking or exceeding the maximum dose each day signals that you have more than a minor issue going on with your back. You shouldn’t need constant medication to survive your day. Also, too many OTC painkillers can be harmful to your health. You need to seek out the advice of experts instead of over-medicating.
When you were a small child, you may have fidgeted your way through any period of inactivity. While fidgeting is normal for tots, healthy adults should be able to sit quietly for extended periods. If you can never find a comfortable position, you may well have a problem with your back muscles and/or your spine. Also, constantly shifting around is distracting to you and others in the workplace, so the underlying issue needs to be addressed.
Irritability and Inactivity
Few people are able to smile their way through constant pain and discomfort. Over time, back pain can cause you to experience negative personality changes. You may lack patience with others and snap at them, which can lead to issues in your personal and professional lives. Even those closest to you may begin to avoid your company despite feeling sympathy for your ailment.
In addition, you may begin to avoid activities that you previously loved. Running, walking, bowling: nearly any physical activity becomes difficult when you have back pain and stiffness.
If you recognize these signs of back problems, contact the experts at OASIS. Their physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of back and spinal conditions. They focus on your specific symptoms to design the treatment plan best suited for you. You can also use their online pain assessment tool to better understand your issue. Don’t endure your discomfort any longer. Call (844) 366-8800 today to make an appointment for a free consultation.