Ouch, That Hurts – A Guide to Pain!

How much pain is too much?

A precipitating factor for a visit to my office is pain. Some pain is so uncomfortable, that you know it is time to see a doctor. Other times it is not so clear….there are instances of “normal” pain: the soreness after a minor injury, the “good pain” felt the day after a workout. So how much is too much and when do you know it is time to see the doctor? Does your pain:

  • interfere with daily activities?
  • not resolve within 48 hours?
  • not respond to the usual treatments of rest, ice and over the counter pain relievers?
  • get worse over time?
  • increase at night or awaken you from sleep? (Normally pain decreases with rest.)
  • have associated numbness?
  • have associated  fever?
  • have associated sudden weight loss?

If any of the above apply to you, it may be time to make a visit to my office.

If the pain is severe enough to interfere with daily activities, or has occurred for a period of time longer than you would expect for the injury, it may be time to visit my office. Also of concern that pain that gets worse over time, instead of getting better.

Some pain, no matter how mild or short in duration should warrant immediate attention by a health care professional. Pain that is associated with numbness; fever, sudden weight loss, inability to control bladder, accompanied by falling; or the loss of function and or sensation is not normal and needs immediate attention.

Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.

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