Users' questions

Who should I call if my back hurts?

Who should I call if my back hurts?

If your back pain is from a strain, sprain, or other mild injury, but it isn’t going away, call your primary care doctor. If the pain is severe, ongoing, or you have numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, you can call a healthcare professional like a chiropractor, physiatrist or orthopedist.

Can you call in for back pain?

You have back pain and: You have injured your back while lifting or doing some other activity. Call if the pain is severe, has not gone away after 1 or 2 days, and you cannot do your normal daily activities. You have had a back injury before that needed treatment.

Can I call 911 for back pain?

Call 911 for back pain with difficulty breathing or jaw, chest, or abdominal pain.

When is back pain serious enough to go to the ER?

Come immediately to the emergency room if your back pain is accompanied by pain in the shoulder or jaw or numbness in the arm or legs. If you have trouble standing, have lost sensation in the groin or have muscle weakness in your legs, seek immediate medical attention.

How long should I stay off work with back pain?

Most people recover from back pain and get back to work within 4 weeks. It is uncommon for workers to remain on sick leave for more than 6 months.

How do you call off work for pain?

  1. Pick the best method of contact. When calling out of work, it’s important to contact your employer in the way they are most likely to quickly receive it.
  2. Be prompt.
  3. Keep it brief.
  4. Offer solutions.
  5. Get ready to return.
  6. Work hard when you get back to work.

Can you ring 111 for back pain?

You should contact a GP or NHS 111 immediately if you have back pain and: numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks. difficulty peeing. loss of bladder or bowel control – peeing or pooing yourself.

How do hospital beds relieve back pain?

Finding relief for patients When the head of a hospital bed is raised, the patient’s trunk should be moved forward, off of the bed surface to release pressure under the buttocks and back. “It doesn’t take the pressure away entirely.