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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Ignore Back Pain

by Dr. Frank Batson


Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide–according to the American Chiropractic Association–yet many people still ignore their symptoms. That’s a bad idea. There are a few things that can happen if you decide against a simple treatment like a chiropractic adjustment or non-surgical spinal decompression. Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t ignore back pain:

The pain will likely get worse.

If you ignore your back pain, it could become worse. If the pain goes away, it could easily return. But even in the absence of pain, your body could be experiencing stress, causing it to function poorly without you realizing it. This could cause you to get sick more often or make you more susceptible to injury.

The costs could be very high.

Eventually, an untreated spinal problem could require medical intervention. With surgical costs, imaging, medications, and other expenses included, the price of waiting could be tens of thousands of dollars, even as high as $100,000 or more. A lumbar fusion can cost as much as $169,000. It doesn’t have to get that far.

It could indicate a disease.

Back pain isn’t always caused by an injury. It can sometimes be caused by diseases of the internal organs. Kidney infections, blood clots, and kidney stones are among the conditions that can cause back pain. A chiropractor can determine the reason for your pain and offer a solution.

There are a few different treatments for back pain, like massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, or non-surgical spinal decompression. Some people respond better to certain treatments, and the person’s condition will often determine the treatment type. A licensed chiropractor can examine you and determine the best options.

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  1. Jeffrey Goodman says
    Jan 25, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    I sit at my desk all day and I am noticing I have lower back pain. I just thought maybe it is because I sit to long but I will check to make sure it isn't a disease. That would not be good to get a disease. Thanks for the tips and advice!

  2. Faylinn says
    Jan 28, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    I have been ignoring my back pain for the last few months and the pain has really been getting worse. That is why I started going to massage therapy and it has been great treatment for me. Now, I feel less pain, but I am also experiencing less stress and I think that helps my back to feel less tense. I think that a lot of people ignore their pain because they do not know what to do about it. How can someone know which treatment option they should choose in order to solve their back pain issues?

  3. Burt Silver says
    Dec 13, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    I never realized that back pain could be the result of an internal problem, like a disease. I always just assumed it was muscle or spine problems that caused it. I have been having a lot of back pain lately, and after reading this, I think I will have it checked out. It is not worth it for me to keep ignoring the pain if it is just going to get worse, and it could potentially be the symptom of a real problem.

  4. Ivy Baker says
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    This is some really good information about why you shouldn't ignore back pain. I don't really like having to go to the doctor to get things looked at. So, I would probably wait a long time before getting something looked at. It is good to know that if you wait too long then the problem could get worse and will cost more money to fix.

  5. Chandan says
    Jan 12, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    I travel a lot for my earning. I started feeling the backache and went with the physiotherapy. I did find it relaxing but after a year I am sensing that the pain is back. Should I again go with physiotherapy? Kindly advise. I thank you for sharing this caring article.

  6. Kairi Gainsborough says
    May 25, 2018 at 4:15 AM

    Thanks for pointing out that ignoring back pain could end up costing you more money in the long run. I didn't know spinal problems, like a lumbar fusion, could be so costly to fix. I work at a desk all day and have been experiencing pain throughout the day. Since there could be a costly underlying cause, I should take your advice and seek pain management to prevent further damage.

  7. Caden Dahl says
    Jan 16, 2019 at 4:07 AM

    You are right that the pain will likely get worse. I don't have a whole lot of back pain but I do have a little bit. Going and getting it checked out is probably the right thing to do as I don't want it to get worse.

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