If you are losing control of the leg muscles, or losing bowel or bladder control, go to an emergency room or urgent care facility immediately, or call 911. These symptoms may indicate an emergency situation that requires immediate treatment.
If you have pain radiating down an arm or leg, or numbness, don’t wait to have your condition evaluated by your chiropractor. These symptoms indicate pressure on nerves which can be serious if not properly treated.
Minor back pain should be gone within three days. If you are simply sore for a couple of days after doing something unusual, and the pain is gone on the third day, don’t worry about it. If the pain persists longer than this, you should have it checked out by your chiropractor. The body does a good job of compensating for problems, so the problem may seem to go away over the course of a couple of weeks, but it really goes “underground” and creates a long-term tightness in muscles and restriction in joints which result in larger problems later.