When you're just starting to diagnose your back pain, asking questions is an important tool. It can help you narrow down the possible causes and prepare you for dialog with a physician if you need to meet with one. It's also a good idea to acknowledge exactly when you start having pain instead of just ignoring it: Who knows how long that pain that started as a slight twinge will last?
Need help figuring out exactly what's ailing you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get more information:
- How long have I had this pain? It can be hard to keep track of when pain starts and how it progresses, so do this early on and get in the habit of monitoring it.
- What makes the pain better or worse? Does movement help your pain or increase it? Perhaps you only notice it in certain positions or at specific times of the day. Whatever your experience, this is another way to learn more information about the exact nature of the pain, which is, in turn, another way to do something concrete about it.
- Is there anything in my history that may have caused this? The source of your back pain might not be obvious, since it could be something that's built up gradually over time. Think about your diet, lifestyle and activities. You may also want to consider your personal and medical history, including any medical conditions that run in your family, to broaden your options. Keep in mind that figuring out the cause doesn't necessarily mean you know the right answer, either.
Get the most accurate information you can from professionals. Contact Bronston Chiropractic or our Medical Division Community Care Clinic today to make your appointment.