When should I see a provider for back pain?

Neck and Back

Man in a blue shirt sitting at a desk with a laptop holding onto his backIf you have severe back pain that has lasted longer than a week, back pain that limits your ability to accomplish daily life activities, or if you feel a tingling sensation or numbness in your arms and legs, you should make an appointment with a spine specialist.

Your back may be hurting for many reasons. Sitting too long, missing a step, or lifting a heavy object can twist your back muscles and cause a back spasm. Eight out of ten people experience spinal pain at some point in their lives.

The good news is that 95 percent of the time, back pain will improve without medical treatment. But if your pain is severe, persistent and limiting, it’s in your best interest to see a physician and check it out.

If you would like to see Bone & Joint’s orthopaedic specialists for a diagnosis, request an appointment or call 800.445.6442.

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