Back Pain - Doctor Visit

A history, physical exam, evaluation and treatment of back pain by a healthcare provider.

A history, physical exam, evaluation and treatment of back pain by a healthcare provider.

A history, physical exam, evaluation and treatment of back pain by a healthcare provider. A healthcare provider may recommend:

  • Exercises to strengthen the abdomen and back muscles
  • Education and training in self-care (including over the counter pain medications and the use of heat or cold), correct posture, and body alignment

Most back pain is self-limited and will go away without extensive medical evaluation and treatment. Some things you can do at home that might help include:

  • Heat or cold (whichever works best for you, but try cold first for 48 to 72 hours)
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers as directed on the packaging
  • Slowing down for a few days (try to get back to your normal activities as soon possible)

You should see a healthcare provider if your back pain is severe or associated with other symptoms (such as fever, weakness in the limbs, numbness in any area of the body, inability to control your urine or bowel movements), gets worse or does not start to improve in a few days.

If your back pain began after a fall or other injury, you are not able to use your arms or legs, or you are having chest discomfort or trouble breathing – dial 911.

Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have pain in your back.

  • Bring a copy of your medical history (past illnesses, surgeries, and hospitalizations).
  • Make a list of your medications (including over-the-counter).
  • Write down any questions, symptoms, or concerns you want to talk about.

Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:

  • What is causing my back pain?
  • What are my treatment options? Are there any alternatives?
  • Are there any treatment risks?
  • When might I start to see improvement in my symptoms?
  • How can I prevent the pain from coming back?
  • What are my follow-up plans and what symptoms should I report before my next appointment?

Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).


Also known as:

Stiff Back
Sore Back
Primary Care Visit for Back Pain
Pain in Lower Back
Pain in Back
Lower Back Pain
Doctor Visit for Back Pain
Bad Back
Back Strain
Back Pain - Office Visit
Back Pain - Doctor Visit
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