You have hurt your back back and now you have leg pain also - What do you do about it?
You have several options -
Option 1: Soak in a tub of hot water – not a good idea as the hot water will very likely make matters Much worse due to the increased swelling it will cause…
Option 2: Apply an ice pack to the area of your low back where it hurts. This is a good idea as the chilling effect of the ice will reduce swelling and may help to reduce the pressure on the nerve
Option 3: Take a couple of Motrin or Advil. This will likely help the pain until it wears off, but then what? ake more? For how long? Will the Motrin heal a damaged disc?
Option 4: Call your family Doc and get a prescription for a narcotic to knock out the pain...What about the problem that is Causing the pain? Is the oxycodone going to fix that too?
Option 5: Go to the gym and work out - Not very likely to have a good ending...
Option 6: Come into our office for a Nerve Conduction Velocity test (NCV) - This will tell us if your back pain and leg pain is due to a disc injury or something else
Not all back injuries are disc injuries
Not all leg pain is due to a spine problem
Does your injury require surgery or will chiropractic care be able to reduce and heal the swollen disc so surgery is unnecessary?
Most back injuries respond well to chiropractic care and do not require surgery
There are many good tests to be done that give valuable and useful information
The NCV test, however, takes out all of the guess work and measures nerve function which will tell us if your injury is due to a disc injury or something else.
Does it make sense to begin treating your injury before you know what you’re treating?
if you have injured your back, you can see you have several options listed above.
Before you do something that may make matters worse for you, why not give us a call and ask about the NCV test? In most cases your insurance will pay to have it done.
Then you can stop guessing and know what is making your back and leg hurt.