When to Seek Medical Attention

When you come down with a cold or pull a muscle, you don’t necessarily rush to visit a doctor. Most people understand that these conditions usually subside on their own in a short time. The same is true of acute back pain. While back pain certainly can be uncomfortable and debilitating, most people will find that it will go away by itself within a month, with or without medical treatment.

Changing our thinking about back pain could save many people a lot of time, money and the aggravation of unnecessary visits to the doctor.
When Should You Seek Medical Attention?

If the back pain persists more than 7 to 10 days, you should see a doctor to rule out the possibility of a potentially serious spinal condition. You should also pay a visit to your doctor immediately if:
The intensity of the pain awakens you.
You have a history of cancer.

You are younger than 20 or older than 50. You are taking steroid medications such as prednisone or dexamethasone. You have human immunodeficiency virus.
You are abusing drugs.

You also have fever, chills or weight loss.

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