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When Should I Worry About Back Pain?

Suffering from back pain is not easy. It can make even the most mundane daily activities feel like extraordinary hurdles.

If you deal with back pain, you may wonder at what point you should become concerned about the discomfort you experience. Here’s what you need to know:

When to Visit a Doctor About Your Back Pain

In general, if you experience unrelenting pain in your back that persists for one to two weeks, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your physician. Chances are, you are not dealing with a medical emergency, but an experienced doctor can help provide a proper diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.

In addition, if you experience any of the following, it may be time to visit a doctor to discuss your back pain:

  • Fever
    • If you have a fever along with back pain, a serious infection is possible. If this is the case, you will likely be prescribed antibiotics. If not, you may simply need a few days of rest before continuing your daily activities.
  • Trauma
    • Involvement in a traumatic accident can result in back pain that should be addressed right away. If you are over the age of 50 and you experience minor trauma, it is also wise to seek medical care to rule out the possibility of any fractures.
  • Tingling or numbness
    • If this happens, it can be an indication of nerve irritation or damage. Experiencing unrelenting pins-and-needles feelings can be the result of a number of ailments, including:
      • A herniated disc
      • Spinal stenosis
  • Nighttime pain
    • When you’re fine during the day but you experience significant back pain in the evenings, it may be an indication of a serious condition requiring immediate medical treatment, such as:
      • Disc degeneration
      • A sprain
      • Cancer
      • A tumor

We Can Help

If you suffer from a disability, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits to help you with the financial hurdles associated with a debilitating ailment. Don’t delay—reach out to our team right away to learn what we can do to help.

Call Dabdoub Law Firm today at (800) 969-0488 to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.