When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

back painSometimes a little back pain comes into every person’s life. Milder backaches can generally be successfully managed by simple back pain treatments such as rest, medicines, therapeutic massage, physical therapy, exercise and weight loss. But when back pain is persistent and affects the quality of your life, it indicates the need for an evaluation and possibly surgery. Avoiding a visit to a back pain doctor might allow the underlying condition of your back pain to worsen. If you are experiencing back pain that has any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see a doctor for back pain:

  • Back pain that follows an accident, such as a car collision or a slip and fall.

  • The pain is constant and getting worse.

  • Back pain that continues for more than 4 weeks.

  • The pain is severe and does not improve after a few days of rest and ice.

  • Does not respond to common pain relievers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

  • The pain worsens at night, as opposed to alleviating the pain after resting.

  • Severe pain that wakes one up from deep sleep.

  • Numbness or altered sensation in the upper inner thighs, groin area, buttock or genital area.

  • Neurological problems, such as weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs or arms.

If you are facing any of the following serious scenarios along with moderate to severe back pain, immediate medical attention is usually needed:

  • back painPersistent back pain in cancer patients.

  • Back pain in a younger people (under 20).

  • Individuals who have osteoporosis.

  • Steroid users.

  • Individuals who have HIV.

  • Any obvious deformity of the spine that shows up suddenly or over time.

  • Blood in the urine, possibly burning during urination with (or without) one-sided back pain

  • Major, unexplained weight loss with back pain and neurological impairment

Finally, these symptoms along with back pain should never be ignored and do warrant going to the emergency room and immediately being evaluated by a pain doctor:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Progressive leg weakness

  • Uncontrolled bladder and bowels

While the above described symptoms and possible conditions may seem unnerving, it is important to remember that most causes of back pain are not life threatening and will usually get better in several weeks with proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you or a family member is experiencing acute or chronic back pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best pain doctor in NYC.

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