Time to See a Doctor?
When Should I See a Doctor for Pain?
In most cases, it is not necessary to see a doctor for back pain because
pain usually goes away with or without treatment. However, a trip to the doctor
is probably a good idea if you have numbness or tingling, if your pain is
severe and doesn’t improve with medications and rest, or if you have pain after
a fall or an injury. It is also important to see your doctor if you have pain
along with any of the following problems: trouble urinating; weakness, pain, or
numbness in your legs; fever; or unintentional weight loss. Such symptoms could
signal a serious problem that requires treatment soon.
Which Type of Doctor Should I See?
Many different types of doctors treat back pain, from family
physicians to doctors who specialize in disorders of the nerves and
musculoskeletal system. In most cases, it is best to see your primary care
physician first. In many cases, he or she can treat the problem. In other
cases, your doctor may refer you to an appropriate specialist.