Many people develop some kind of spine problem at some point in their life. In most cases the pain is not severe and resolves itself fairly quickly. However, there are times when the pain can be very intense and does not go away on its own.
Here are some general guidelines to help you decide when to seek medical attention for back or neck pain. See a doctor if you experience:
- Pain that is severe and that lasts more than two or three days.
- Pain that interferes with your ability to work.
- Pain that runs down one or both arms or legs.
- Pain that is accompanied by numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms or legs.
- Pain that is accompanied by unexplained weight loss.
- Back pain that is accompanied by abdominal pain.
- Neck pain that is accompanied by headache.
To set up an appointment with Care New England's Spine Care specialists, call (401) 728-2200.
The following situations should alert you to visit the emergency room:
- Pain after a high-impact car crash or a bad fall.
- Pain that is accompanied by high fever.
- Back pain that is accompanied by numbness in your groin area.
- Back pain that is accompanied by a new problem with bowel or bladder control.
- Severe neck pain that is accompanied by blurred or double vision, vertigo (a feeling of spinning), numbness or tingling on one side of your body, trouble swallowing or speaking or intense nausea.