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When should you go to the doctor if you are experiencing back pain?

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Great question! While some back pain can consist of some minor aches, soreness, or stiffness and can be managed at home, there are some cases when it is important to seek medical help due to back pain.

  1. Numbness, Tingling, or Weakness - These are all indicative of nerve-like pain. If this type of pain is not treated properly, this could result in permanent nerve damage.

  2. Minor pain that won’t go away after a week - When our bodies experience pain, it can change pathways in our pain. This is problematic because we might be compensating with other muscles, fixating on the pain, or even causing more harm. Get it checked out!

  3. Pain that is interfering with normal activities - No pain is fun, but pain that is preventing you from doing things can be affecting more things than just your productivity.

  4. Changes in bowel/bladder - If you are experiencing low back pain and having issues using the bathroom, unable to hold your bladder, or not feeling it when you wipe your bottom, it is time to seek medical advice. Don’t wait on this one either, go get help!

  5. Pain levels above a 5/10 - We understand this is subjective, but high pain levels will alter how your brain performs. Similar to #2, this can change movement patterns, create brain pathways for chronic pain, and more. Let us help reduce those pain levels.

  6. Pain associated with a fever - This doesn’t include aches when you have a cold or flu, but any other time when you have pain and a fever, seek medical help IMMEDIATELY! Infections can be dangerous, so you don’t want to wait.

If you are still wondering whether or not to see a doctor for your back pain, just give us a call at (615)-900-5187! We’d be happy to answer any questions. We also have the option for a FREE consultation if you just want to ask about your pain, get a second opinion, or meet us. You can schedule a consultation on our website at

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