I have back pain – should I go to urgent care?
By 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. Dr. Laxer 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.
Have back pain that doesn’t require an urgent care visit? Read Dr. Laxer’s recommendations for treating pain at home.
If back pain doesn’t improve in a few days, learn more about our locations and physicians and schedule an appointment.