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When should you see your doctor about back pain?

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You should see a doctor about back pain:

  • After you get hurt, like in a fall or accident
  • When the pain gets in the way of your daily activities
  • If it lasts longer than 6 weeks, or spreads

From: Back Pain: What You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Oh, W. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

Mayo Clinic: "Back pain: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

SOURCES: 

Oh, W. January/February 2004. The Clinical Journal of Pain,

Friedman, F. , Lyons Press, 2004. Outwitting Back Pain: Why Your Lower Back Hurts and How to Make It Stop

Mayo Clinic: "Back pain: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 13, 2017

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