Back pain is incredibly common. In fact, experts suggest that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Not only that, but it’s one of the most common reasons people seek medical care or have to miss work.
When you experience back pain, that inflammation is your body’s way of telling you that something’s going on. It could be joint, nerve, or muscular dysfunction or maybe even a structural imbalance.
Minor back pain is often the result of a muscle strain or sprain that can happen due to poor posture or improper lifting technique. This can usually be remedied with rest, ice, and medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, back pain can also be an indicator that something else more serious is going on such as a severe injury, a serious health condition, or an infection.
Because of this, Aditya Patel, MD and our team at Sports, Pain & Regenerative Institute, located in Fairview and Montclair, New Jersey, want to give you some guidelines on when to know when to seek professional medical care for your back pain.
While back pain often goes away on its own, you will want to seek a doctor’s care if your pain accompanies these warning signs:
In addition, you should seek care if your pain occurs with a fever, as this can be a sign of a spinal infection, which is a serious health condition that requires immediate medical attention.
If you notice that you’re struggling with any of those above listed issues, come and see our team right away so we can properly diagnose and treat your back pain.
To schedule an appointment with us, call our office at 201-402-7802 or use our online booking tool today.