If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, your first thought may be that it’s time to go to the chiropractor. Maybe you got injured at work. Maybe you’re not sure what’s causing the pain. You just know that you need to find a solution so that you can go back to living your life like normal.
The first thing you should know is that you’re not alone. Reports from Harvard claim that severe back pain is so incredibly common that 85% of people see a medical professional for it at some point in their lives. This is an issue that almost everyone has to deal with eventually. So, what should you do?
Make decisions about treatment carefully
You have to consider your goals. Say you have a back injury. Chiropractic care may help you feel better, but do you have to go once a month to keep up with it? Is surgery actually going to offer more assistance by treating the issue that is causing your pain so that it won’t come back?
You also have to consider your needs. You may have collapsed discs in your back that would respond better to surgery — and could even be made worse through chiropractic manipulation. Going to a chiropractor before you know what’s wrong could be a big mistake.
Take steps to protect your future
If you are in a situation where back surgery is necessary, you may have to question how that back pain is going to impact your future. After lumbar disc surgery, for instance, some patients have reported continuing pain and disability for months. The recovery period from major surgery is one thing on its own, but there is also no guarantee you won’t suffer disabling pain moving forward. Surgery is never guaranteed to bring you 100% back to the physical health you previously enjoyed. All surgical procedures come with risks and various outcomes.
When back pain leaves you unable to work and there’s significant damage to your spine, you may need to make some decisions about your future. Filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits may give you the financial and medical security you need.
The best thing you can do is to discuss your situation with your medical care provider. They can give you advice that speaks to your specific situation. If you do wind up having back pain that makes it impossible to work, an experienced attorney can help you file your SSDI claim and walk you through the process.