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Are You In A Health Crisis? How Do You Know?

Posted: March 27, 2015
By: Dr Jordan Plasker
These are patient quotes from over 27 years of practice.  Do any of these sound familiar to you? 
  • "I just get out of bed in the morning with pain, but feel fine by the time I am out of the shower."


  • "I can drive to work and not be in pain until I get out of my car and try to stand up, but by the time I walk into the building the pain subsides."


  • "When I am at my desk sitting and working I am fine, but if I am there for more than 25 minutes, I have pain when I try to stand." 


  • "I have pain daily that is constant, it's not so bad, except for when I drive in my car or sit at my desk for any length of time then the pain becomes sharp and runs down my leg."

Often we have pain or health problem and minimize it.  Then we rationalize why there really is no health problem and only minimal pain.  Over time, the problem seems to creep into our lives affecting us more and more.  This "non-problem" begins to last longer, happen more often and at times becomes more intense.  

Based upon the anecdotal patient complaints listed above, can you see how the last patient's problem really began where the first patient quote started?   When do you know you are in crisis? 
You can choose to seek help when the problem is not so bad; or you can wait until it progresses and becomes unbearable.  As a health practitioner, I have found that if we get to the problem at the start it is easier and quicker to fix.  And conversely, the longer the problem has been around the more difficult and longer it takes to fix. 

Before seeking help I recommend you try these 3 self care tips at home:

1.  Use ice on the affected area for 20 minutes at a time  Repeat 1x per hour.
2.  Walk for 3-10 minutes.  This often can create a pumping mechanism at the affected area and dissipates inflammation. 
3.  If your lower back hurts try simple stretching.  While you're lying on your back, bring your right  knee towards your right shoulder and hold for 10-12 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.  Try this for 3 sets. 

If the pain persists or returns within 2 weeks, you likely need some help and support. I recommend that you get to spinal problems early to avoid permanent issues.  This way you can keep your spine -- which is your lifeline -- free and clear of nerve interference! 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I will get back to you within 24 hours.
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