back pain

BACK PAIN, WHEN TO GET HELP AND ADVICE FROM A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL?

Back pain usually gets better on its own within few weeks or months and you may not need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional. However, its a good idea to get help if:

  • the pain does not start to improve within few weeks
  • the pain stops you doing your day-to-day activities
  • the pain is very severe or gets worse over time
  • you’re worried about the pain or are struggling to cope
  • you have taken over the counter medication and there has been no improvement

When you see a doctor, he or she will take a detailed history and ask about your symptoms, examine you back and discussed possible treatments.

Your doctor may refer you to a specialist or physiotherapist for further help. You may want to consider approaching a physiotherapist directly or you could choose to pay for private treatment.

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