5 signs you shouldn’t ignore your back pain

Your back pain might be a sign of something more serious

Most little aches and pains have us thinking “it’ll pass again”. But what if the pain persists? Especially back pain can really hinder you in your day to day life. It’s very annoying and tiring to not be able to sit, lie or stand comfortably because your back hurts. A lot of people get back pain from time to time, because they have to do heavy lifting or because they sit bent over their desk the entire day. Most people ignore their backaches, but if you’re experiencing any of these five symptoms, you should visit a doctor.

If you’ve been suffering from back pain for a while now and you’re also experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact your doctor.

1. Balance issues

Are you experiencing problems with keeping your balance along with your back pain? In older women, this can be a sign of osteoporosis. In other words: your bones are losing density or mass and you get tiny fractures in your bones. Physiotherapy can help you to learn how to maintain your balance and make sure you won’t fall down as easily. The physiotherapist will also give you tips on how to make sure you don’t hurt yourself when you do fall down.

2. Pain in your legs

If your back pain spreads via your buttocks to your legs or even your feet, it might be a sign of a nerve issue. This might simply pass on its own, but if you’ve been walking around with it for a while now, it’s better to pay a visit to your doctor. Most people won’t need surgery for this issue but will benefit from treatments like massages and physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles in their back and belly.

Go to the next page to read about the other three symptoms you might be experiencing along with your backache!

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