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Is Your Lower Back Pain a Sign of Something More Serious?

Are you experiencing lower back pain, stiffness, or discomfort that’s interfering with your daily activities?

If so, you’re not alone. More than 31 million Americans experience lower back pain in their lifetime.  

Lower back pain can develop for a plethora of reasons such as your lifestyle, whether it’s sedentary or active, from a chronic health condition, or injuries as a result of a car accident, work, or a slip and fall.

We underestimate our lifestyle and the amount of stress it can put on our lower back, often leading to severe conditions, posture problems, and in more serious cases, a trip to the ER. Although lower back pain is a very common problem that plagues the majority of adults, it’s important to know when your lower back pain warrants a visit to the emergency room. 

Keep reading to learn the 5 most common signs when you should go to the ER for lower back pain.  

5 Signs Your Lower Back Pain Is an Emergency 

You should immediately seek emergency care if your lower back pain is so severe that you cannot wait for a visit with your primary care physician. However, if you are not certain, medical experts advise you to use the following guidelines to determine if your lower back pain requires an ER visit. 

You should go to the ER immediately if your lower back pain is a result of or accompanied by any of the following conditions:  

  • Any recent injury or trauma

Were you in a recent car accident? Did you slip and fall at work? And are you suffering from lower back pain as a result? Sometimes your back pain just can’t wait and it’s important to seek emergency care if your lower back pain is persistent and continues to get worse over time. Unrelenting lower back pain can be the sign of an underlying spinal injury. Spinal injuries are severe and generally do not go away on their own. If your lower back pain has significantly increased over time, go to the ER to prevent it from increasing any further or becoming permanent.

  • Bladder or bowel incontinence

Many people aren’t aware that lower back pain can cause a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you find yourself unable to control your bowels or bladder, it might be a sign of serious nerve compression, spine infection, or even a tumor. Back pain accompanied by bladder or bowel incontinence typically means that there is an infection or tumor that has developed on the nerve sac of the lower spine, which causes severe weakness in the pelvic area. At the ER, healthcare providers can examine your lower back and run tests to identify any problems or clinical conditions.

  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting

Back pain that is accompanied by a fever, nausea, or vomiting is also a sign that you should immediately seek emergency care. Fevers are a sign of infection and are defined as your body temperature reaching 100.4 or higher. If you’re experiencing lower back pain with a fever, it’s often a warning sign that the two could be linked to a spinal or neurological infection.

  • Numbness

Have you recently lost sensation in your arms, legs, or groin, or are you experiencing muscle weakness? Back pain associated with numbness is also another emergency indicator. Seek immediate medical attention if you’re experiencing neurological dysfunctions like leg weakness or any numbness. Numbness in your lower body is generally an indication of an injury to one or more of your critical nerves or something even worse. If your numbness is not treated, it could lead to further damage of the nerves and even total paralysis.

  • Night pain

Do you have lower back pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night? Are you fine during the day, but as soon as you lay down to go to sleep, your lower back pain starts, making it almost impossible to get a good night’s rest? Any back pain that continues to prevent you from sleeping and consistently wakes you up in the middle of the night can be a sign of a disc generation or a sprain. If you’re experiencing night-time back pain, then seek emergency care right away. 

How Can Trusted ER Help You?

It’s critical to know these signs as your lower back pain may be the sign of a serious underlying condition.

If your lower back pain is more severe than a primary care physician can handle, then be sure to seek emergency care at one of our Trusted ER locations near you. We, at Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. 

We have 8 locations where we provide the best-in-class healthcare to patients in the most comfortable environment with exceptional care. Our ER offers limited wait times, as each of our patients is roomed and seen by our clinical team within a few minutes, and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Trusted ER is “Doing the right thing. Every patient. Every time.” 

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How Much Exercise is Right for Kids?

Many of us are spending more time at home because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, more time at home means less exercise for many children who are missing out on recess, P.E. classes, and extracurricular activities. Exercise is critical to children’s health. No matter the age, children need exercise because it helps them sleep better, reduce stress, and improves their overall physical and mental health. 

So, how much exercise does your child need exactly? 

Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann Williams, MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC answers this question and shares tips to help you ensure that your child is getting the amount of exercise that he or she needs. 

Infants

Children, as young as infants, need daily exercise. Infants need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day- that includes tummy time, reaching for objects, or crawling. All of these daily exercises your little one can do from the comfort of your home. 

Toddlers

Toddlers need about 3 hours of exercise per day on average. The time of exercise can be spread throughout the day. They can easily get exercise by playing with their toys or pushing activity walkers. 

Children (Ages 3-5)

Just like toddlers, children ages 3-5 years old need at least 3 hours of daily exercise spread throughout the day. However, they also need 60 minutes of moderate exercise that increases their heart rate. Activities such as running outside while at home, playing with balls, and learning to ride a bike are all great activities that children can do to meet their daily exercise requirement.

Children (School-Age) 

School age children need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical exercise per day. While at home, school age children can get exercise by jumping rope, throwing a ball, running or jumping activities. 

Teens

Teenagers need to exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day, three to four times a week. These can include physical activities and exercises they can do at home, including yoga, running, dancing, or any other sports related activity. 

Here is a fun idea to try while your family is at home: Try exercising together! This can include taking a family walk, putting some music on for a family dance party, making household chores an exercise game, or going for a family bike ride. 

Exercising together as a family is a great way to spend time together and bond, while also making sure the entire family is getting the required amount of daily exercise needed for their age range. 

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Give the Gift of Health and Wellness: Great Home Workout Gifts

‘Tis the season of giving and with only a few weeks left until Christmas, there’s still time to give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season to your loved ones.

Unlike Christmas, health isn’t seasonal, which is why we at Trusted Medical have rounded up the best home workout gifts to keep you and your family, friends, coworkers, and everyone important in your life healthy and fit all year-round.

So, give the gift of health and wellness this holiday season. Here is Trusted Medical’s list of 5 great home workout gifts for you and the ones you love this Christmas.

  1. Gonex Portable Home Gym Workout Equipment with 10 Exercise Accessories, $218
Gonex Portable Home Gym Workout Equipment with 10 Exercise Accessories
Gonex Portable Home Gym Workout Equipment with 10 Exercise Accessories

This all-in-one home gym equipment system is the perfect gift for family and friends who are looking for a variation of workouts. Gonex home fitness equipment can help you exercise your full-body muscle groups and meet the different requirements of machines and equipment like barbells, dumbbells, and suspensions workout. This foldable and portable workout equipment includes:

  • Ab Roller Wheel
  • Elastic Resistance Bands
  • Push-Up Stand
  • 3-Section Bar
  • Post Landmine Sleeve
  • Push-Up Handlebar

This home gym equipment system also comes with “Your Exclusive Fitness Coach,” which provides a professional fitness instruction manual and video that has 43 pages of full-body muscle workouts so that you can effectively train wherever you are and whenever you want.           

Rating on Amazon: 4.6 out of 5 stars

2. Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with GPS, 24/7 Heart Rate, Alexa Built-in, 6+ Days Battery, $229

Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch

This Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch is a must-have this Christmas as it’s loaded with tons of cool features. Want to check your pace and distance while you run, bike, or hike? The Fitbit Versa 3 can do it. Want to check the weather, set reminders, or control home appliances? The Fitbit Versa 3 can do that too. Want to track your time in light, deep, and REM sleep and have a better understanding of your sleep quality each night? Want to store and play music & podcasts on Deezer or Pandora, plus control Spotify-all from your wrist?  The Fitbit Versa 3 can do it all! The Fitbit Versa 3 comes in 3 main colors: choose from midnight blue and gold, black and black, or pink and gold.

Rating on Amazon: 4.4 out of 5 stars

3. Cubii Pro Seated Under-Desk Elliptical Machine for Home Workout, $249

Working from home at a desk, but want to burn calories and get a workout in? This under the desk elliptical machine lets you get a workout in while you’re sitting at your home office. The 250-pound elliptical machine easily fits right under your desk and has 8 resistance levels to increase desk exercise as you gain strength. The portable elliptical has a built-in LCD display where the digital monitor allows you to keep track of your progress by tracking calories burned, strides pedaled, distance traveled, and more.

Rating on Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 stars

4. Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner – Designed by Experts, $17.99

Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner
Cossac Fitness Journal & Workout Planner

This well-designed fitness journal and workout planner is a great gift for anyone who needs to track their workouts and log their exercises. With this 150-page fitness planner, you can log your personal records, progress, body measurements, type of exercises, diet preferences, and set goals for each day. It provides 140 days for exercise tracking and comes in 6 different colors including black, gray, blue, green, orange, and yellow. The notebook is sturdy as it’s made from high-quality paper with a protective layer for the cover.

Rating on Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 stars

5. Gimmie 10 Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle and Myofascial Trigger Point Release-Turquoise, $22.99

Gimmie 10 Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle and Myofascial Trigger Point Release-Turquoise
Gimmie 10 Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massager for Muscle and Myofascial Trigger Point Release-Turquoise

Recover from an intense workout with the Gimmie 10 Foam Roller, a heavy-duty hollow-core muscle roller with triple grid massage zones to mimic a physical therapist’s finger, pal, and thumb. This high-performance medium density foam massage roller soothes back, leg, quad, hamstring, foot, fascia, calves, hip, shoulder, fingers, forearm, and reduces scar tissue and cellulite. This foam roller is a great accessory for your home gym as you can roll your body and sore muscles after a home workout just like sports therapy, fitness, and thoracic chiropractic professionals. The ultimate massager for stretching, back pain, and balance training, it comes in three colors: black, turquoise, blue, and galaxy.

Rating on Amazon: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Have a gift in mind that’s not on the list that’s worth adding? Let us know so we can add it to the list. For more posts like these, check out our health and wellness blog.