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Ask A PT! Is Something Serious Wrong With My Back?

Hi. Dr. Brad Conder with Focus Physical Therapy here. Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve been back. I’ve been trying to get into the groove of getting back on here and talking about common things that I see from week to week. And today’s subject I wanna talk about, is your back pain something serious that you need to get checked out?

I get that question a lot.

You know, when your pain is so bad in your back, you think that there’s something serious. It’s something that, you know, most people will deal with sometime during your life. Oftentimes, it’s not something serious but the pain is so severe that you think something serious is going on like I have a fracture or it’s out of place or something like that.

The good thing is that there’s easy ways to kind of tell if it’s something serious or not, something a physical therapist can do.

For example, make sure that you don’t have any pain down your leg. Sometimes even if your back pain is 10 out of 10 but you have no pain down your legs oftentimes is not something serious. It’s no going to need something like surgery or injections or something like that. Other ways to kind of tell is, if you have any kind of muscle weakness. That can be kind of touchy because sometimes your muscles will feel weak because you have so much pain. It’s something that you should probably get your physical therapist to take a look at.

But in general, though, most non-complicated, low back pain is not serious. It just might have so much pain you think it is. If you do have so much pain it’s always okay to go to your doctor. But if you think that it’s not something that you’re gonna need surgery for or it’s not emergency, I would suggest contact your physical therapist.

You can look at my website for a free report talking about back pain. More than willing to always talk about back pain and answer any questions anytime for free. No money upfront, just talk about what your condition might be. And sometimes you can take care of it on your own. So if you have any questions let me know. I’ll be back soon to, hopefully, talk about another subject of the week. Thank you very much