When to See a Doctor for Your Back Pain


Back pains can be benign or a sign of something more serious. Often times, we tend to treat a persistent back pain with home based remedies like local application of muscle relaxants, hot fomentation and so on. What if the problem continues and gets worse by the day? When is the right time to reach out to a doctor or a physiotherapy clinic? Here are some red flags or warning symptoms that you need to make the move.

Fever that accompanies the pain

According to doctors, fever along with the regular back pain could mean a serious infection. At times, the fever may have been caused due to an entirely different nature of viral attack and the back pain could be an allied symptom for the same. Doctors will evaluate your condition and prescribe antibiotics in case a spine related infection is detected. In the absence of such a cause, anti inflammatory drugs and plenty of rest would be prescribed.

A pins and needles sensation   

If your back pain is accompanied by a tingling sensation in and around the lower back region, it could well be much more than muscle tension. A tingling feeling is often associated with nerve irritation which might be caused due to spinal stenosis or a set of herniated discs that might be putting unnecessary pressure on the nerves. In such cases, your doctor might advise you to visit a physiotherapy clinic for quick relief.

Emergency signs and symptoms

Often times, a dull ache in the lower back accompanied by symptoms like dizziness, vomiting, nausea, confusion, chills, sweating and so on signal emergency health conditions that could be serious in nature. These should never be ignored and medical help should be sought immediately.

Any persistent problem experienced by the body should be dealt with utmost seriousness. It is always better to be safe than sorry.