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What do to when you have back pain

Back pain can be very uncomfortable for most people and require medical care as necessary.

According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain requires a diagnosis from your doctor or a local medical provider to identify the source of the pain as well as the severity of an injury. Luckily, we’ve created a simple guide to help you understand where to go for treatment and how to self-manage your back pain.

And as always, make sure you come into AFC Urgent Care Allen for any minor injury treatment you may need as well as back pain treatment:

At home-rest and therapy can help manage back pain

At-home therapies and rest are great ways to manage back pain no matter where it happens. According to Harvard Medical School, there are several home remedies for back pain including:

  • Treating an injured/painful back with an ice pack or cold pack
  • Limit bed rest whenever you can and don’t hesitate from light, non-strenuous activity
  • Keep up with exercise and other forms of physical activity whenever possible
  • Add supplemental therapies including acupuncture and therapeutic massage

How to diagnose back pain

An urgent care center or a similar medical facility has a variety of ways to diagnose back pain. For example, the source of back pain can be identified from a variety of diagnostic tests including:

  • X-ray: An x-ray helps identify if a bone fracture or similar injury is the cause of the pain. However, an x-ray cannot identify any injuries related to muscle sprains.
  • MRI or CT scan: These scans help generate images of deeper tissue problems including muscle problems, herniated discs, tendons, nerves, and ligaments.
  • Blood test: Helps identify if an infectious disease is the cause of your pain.

If you’re unsure of where you back  pain is coming then make sure to go to your nearest urgent care provider or doctor’s office. Depending on the severity of the pain, you may require more diagnostic exams before getting treatment.

Get necessary treatment depending on how much your back pain hurts

Once you know the source of your back pain then you should begin either self-administered or doctor-prescribed treatment. Usually, mild to moderate back pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers if followed by the medication’s direction.

However, a doctor could prescribe a patient a muscle relaxant, narcotics, and other forms of antidepressants if your back pain is more severe. And also make sure that you are maintaining safe medication practices if any prescribed medicine is opioid-based.

Back pain is highly treatable if you use the basic principles above to treat, manage, and monitor your pain!