February 18, 2021
Back Pain: When Should You Go to Urgent Care?

Dr. Eric B. Laxer

The pain from many back injuries can be managed independently at home with modified activities and over-the-counter medications. There are, however, some symptoms and scenarios that suggest your pain should be addressed right away.

Dr. Eric Laxer of OrthoCarolina’s Spine Center specializes in seeing patients with spine ailments. He recommends seeing a back specialist immediately if you are experiencing symptoms that go down your legs like pain, numbness or tingling. 

Also, don’t hesitate to call someone immediately if you’re experiencing a change in bladder or bowel function like loss of control or numbness.


Need care now? OrthoCarolina offers multiple orthopedic urgent care locations with same-day care available on weekdays, weeknights and weekends. No referral needed. Hours vary by location.

Have back pain that doesn’t require an urgent care visit? Read Dr. Laxer’s recommendations for treating pain at home. If your back pain doesn’t improve in a few days, schedule an appointment with a spine specialist at an office location near you.


Dr. Eric B. Laxer, a physician specializing in spine care, practices at OrthoCarolina's Spine Center, Ballantyne and South Park locations.


This article was originally published on July 24, 2018, and has been updated on February 18, 2021.

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