If you, a friend, or a family member has experienced sudden pain or discomfort resulting from a fall, a car accident, lifting improperly, or some other immediate problem, it is extremely important to seek chiropractic care as soon as possible. Because spinal disks don't receive a direct blood supply, they are very susceptible to degeneration following an injury.
Also, scar tissue buildup - a protective action by the body immediately after an accident to prevent further injury, unfortunately remains after healing, causing permanent decreased joint mobility if the spinal joint is not rehabilitated through chiropractic care and physical therapy.
I urge you not to delay care in the hope that the problem will just go away. While it is quite possible that the pain may eventually go away for the moment, I assure you that the scar tissue will not, mobility will decrease, and the pain will probably catch up with you months or years later and may not be reversible after degeneration over time.
Please contact me if you have any questions about the pain or seriousness of your injury. I will be happy to help you in any way possible and will answer your questions to the best of my ability.