Back Pain Health Center

A trip to the doctor is not often needed for acute back pain, as it will usually go away on its own. However, more severe symptoms may be signs that a doctor visit is needed.

See a physician if you experience the following symptoms:

  • numbness or tingling
  • severe pain that does not show improvement with rest
  • pain after a fall or injury
  • pain with the addition of any of the following:
    • trouble urinating
    • weakness
    • numbness in the legs
    • fever
    • weight loss when not on a diet

These symptoms could signal a larger problem that is developing or has already developed. If you are experiencing pain that you suspect goes beyond normal soreness, seek medical attention. Your doctor may be able to provide detailed answers and treatment information for something that has been reoccurring. If pain affects your daily life or you notice symptoms never before present, schedule an appointment for a physical examination.

There are many different types of doctors who can treat back pain, ranging from family physicians to doctors who specialize in disorders affecting the nerves and musculoskeletal system. In most cases, it is best to see your primary physician first. He or she can then redirect you to another specialist if your condition needs specialized care.

Review Date: 
August 6, 2012
Last Updated:
December 13, 2013