According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, back and knee pain cause more people to visit the doctor than any other musculoskeletal problems. In some cases, these issues could have been treated at home. Let’s take a closer look at back pain to understand when medical attention is necessary and when it is not.
First, it is worthwhile to examine common causes of back pain.
- Poor physical fitness, including excess weight
- Diseases such as arthritis and cancer
- A fall causing injury
- Tense muscles due to stress
To minimize the likelihood of experiencing back pain, consider the following tips:
- Strengthen your back muscles with exercise
- Lose weight if needed
- Lift heavy items properly (using your legs and keeping your back straight)
Do I need to see a doctor?
If you are experiencing back pain, it is not necessary to immediately contact your doctor. Back pain can get better even if you don't know what caused the issue in the first place. Most commonly, back pain is acute and lasts less than six weeks. Often, acute pain is due to a fall or improperly lifting something heavy. If you are able to move around but feel sore, try taking over-the-counter pain medication and applying ice for 15 minutes every hour. Acute back pain usually improves without treatment. If after three days the pain continues without improvement or has worsened, consider contacting your doctor.
The following are signs you should see a doctor as soon as possible:
- Pain that shoots down the legs
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Numbness or tingling
- Severe pain that makes it impossible for you to get up or get around
If your pain is more than minor nuisance, do make an appointment with your doctor to find the source of the issue. Your health insurance helps ensure that such visits won’t break the bank, allowing you to seek the treatment you need without financial worries.
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