Back pain is a common complaint but in most people back pain gradually improves with home treatment and self-care. For complete relief from pain it may take several weeks but some improvement should occur within the first 72 hours of self-care.
If you are experiencing pain in the back that doesn’t go away, consult a doctor. Below are the times when you must call a doctor for back pain.
In most of the back pain cases, a few weeks of home treatment and careful attention provides relief. You may be advised over-the-counter pain relievers which will improve your pain. Your doctor may suggest stronger medications or other therapies if self-care isn’t working, nor over-the-counter pain relievers.
If your pain radiates down your leg from back, your doctor may inject anti-inflammatory medication for pain relief. A few will need surgery for back pain, especially when unrelenting pain is associated with radiating leg pain or progressive muscle weakness causes nerve compression. Structural anatomical problems also need surgery to get relief from back pain.
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