What do I do if I have low back pain?

There are many causes of low back pain. When pain is severe (i.e., you have muscle spasms or pain that makes it difficult to do simple things like put on your shoes and socks, use the toilet, sit or stand or lie comfortably), when it is accompanied by other symptoms (i.e., fever, nausea, difficulty moving bowel or bladder, pain going down one or both legs or there has been an accident or fall), a visit to the emergency department, urgent care, or your physician is needed as soon as possible for diagnosis and initial treatment. Even if the physician says the problem is muscular, you will often need prescription medicine to help you through the acute phase.

If you overdo work or sport activities and are sore, have low back stiffness because you sit in front of a computer all day, stand all day at work or are limping or walking differently than usual because you hurt a foot, knee or hip, massage therapy very likely will be helpful to you. Low back pain is a common cause of discomfort and is a major reason people see us for pain relief.

If you aren’t sure what to do about low back pain that isn’t severe, read Pain. If you still have questions,call us at 219-879-5722.

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