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 can be present that can be indicators that a trip to the doctor is necessary.
See a physician if you experience:
- 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
- Numbness in the legs
- Weight loss when not on a diet
The appearance of such symptoms could indicate a larger problem that is 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 beneficial 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 for 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 may then redirect you to another specialist if your condition needs specialized care.