Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints patients have. Millions of people deal with it every day. If you realize, “I hurt my back,” should you be worried? I address this concern in my latest Ask Dr. Geier video.

I hurt my back. Should I be worried?

Obviously, any back pain that is limiting your ability to do what you want to do is worth seeing a doctor. Finding out what the cause is and taking steps to overcome it – whether that’s with physical therapy, anti-inflammation medications, injections, braces or even surgery – is a good start.

I hurt my back. Should I be worried?

There are some signs that suggest a more urgent problem. Signs and symptoms of nerve injury fall into this category. Common nerve-related symptoms include numbness and/or tingling in certain parts of the leg, foot or toes, shooting pain down the leg, and weakness. If these are present, and especially if they are getting worse, it can be a good idea to see a doctor.

Other indications for seeing a spine physician or surgeon include, but are not limited to, low back pain that is not getting better despite rest, medications and other treatments, pain that comes on with certain movements or motions and many more.

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Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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