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When to See a Doctor for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a nuisance. If you sit at a desk for a living, or if you drive long-distance, you may experience this type of pain on a regular basis. Even if you don't have chronic back pain, an injury can cause discomfort.

There are several ways to treat this type of pain and most cases do not require medical care. However, some cases of low back pain may indicate a more serious problem. If you have pain in the lower back, here are two reasons to consult a chiropractor.

1. If your back pain does not respond to self treatment, such as medication or ice therapy, schedule an appointment with a doctor. Pulling a muscle and other injuries typically heal in a few days or weeks. However, a doctor can perform X-rays to check for any underlying condition.

2. If your low back pain worsens and you’re unable to go about your daily routine, see a doctor. Some back pain is debilitating. You may be unable to stand for long periods, climb out of bed or complete other activities. Don't write off this type of pain. Seek medical advice for answers.
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October 29, 2012
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Dr. Justin Snyder