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.
For acute orthopedic injuries after scheduled clinic and urgent care hours, please utilize the HURT! App, in partnership with OrthoCarolina, for fast free access to orthopedic advice with a response time of ~4 minutes. Download here.