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:
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:
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.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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