Most people will experience backaches at some point in their lives, especially as they get older. Acute backaches are sudden and dissipate within a few days, and do not require a visit to an urgent care center. Chronic backaches, as characterized by the following, warrant a call to an Urgent Care LA doctor:

  • Persistent back pain for more than 3 weeks
  • Pain in the lower back extending down the legs
  • Leg pain which increases if you lift your knee to your chest or try to bend over
  • Numbness and/or weakness in the legs during walking or other activity
  • Pain that becomes worse during rest or wakes you up at night
  • Backaches following a recent fall or injury
  • Persistent bowel or bladder problems

In conjunction with what is prescribed by your Urgent Care LA doctor, there are some things you can do at home to ease your backaches, including taking ibuprofen, sleeping with a pillow under the knees, and getting regular exercise.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will assess your backaches by asking you questions about the pain and conducting a physical examination. They will be able to determine if you need prescription medication, physical or massage therapy, or (in severe cases only), surgery to relieve your backaches.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.