When to Call a Doctor for Back Pain

By Jon Stiffler PTA/Sports Center Manager

When Should You Call A Doctor for Back Pain?

Although most back pain is caused by injuries that can heal in several days, there are times
when you may need to contact a doctor. Particular injuries, such as injuries to your neck or
cervical area, may require emergency treatment and the immediate attention of your doctor.
In many cases of cervical disease, non-surgical management is all you may need to overcome
injury, but your doctor may need to order X-rays to see if your injury will require surgery. Your
age, how long you’ve had the disease, previous operations on your neck, and other medical
problems you might have are all factors to be considered when you visit with your doctor
about back pain.

Low back pain

Low back pain, probably the most common form of back pain, seldom needs the treatment
of a doctor. Again, self-treatment, such as rest, hot or cold packs, anti-inflammatory drugs,
aspirin, or muscle relaxants may alleviate the problem in a few days. If your symptoms persist
after two or three days, you may want to call a physician. Other symptoms you may have that
might require immediate medical attention include numbness in you arms or legs, shooting
pain that travels down your leg into your foot, the inability to stand erect, or loss of bladder or
bowel control. If any of these symptoms occur, you need to see a physician as soon as possible.

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Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.


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