Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina discusses what back pain symptoms should be indications for you to see a doctor.
Summary of video:
When should you go to the doctor for back pain?
Back pain in America is almost an epidemic, but most back pain is due to a muscle strain, a torn disc, or a torn ligament and goes away within a month. Low back pain that is tolerable (meaning it does not render a patient bedridden), does not shoot down the legs, and does not have accompanying weakness is usually not serious and the pain will go away on its own in less than a month.
A patient should go to the doctor for back pain if they can’t get out of bed for more than a day – that’s not normal. If the patient is getting weak. If the pain is going into the legs. If the patient can’t move their foot. If the patient is having any problems going to the bathroom – urinating, moving their bowels. A patient experiencing any of these symptoms needs to see a doctor for. These symptoms could be due to a pinched nerve.
Another reason to go to a doctor early with back pain is if the patient has had a fall or car accident. Any violent injury. There may be a fractured bone. In case of a real trauma, go see the doctor for back pain.
For more information, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.