Mild back pain will often resolve on its own without seeing a doctor. However, if the pain doesn't start getting better after a day or two, call your doctor. If it's slowly getting better but you still have pain after a couple of weeks, call your doctor as you may need treatment to help it resolve. If you're having any other symptoms with your back pain, including chest pain, or the pain is severe, you're unable to move part of your body, or you have weakness, tingling or numbness in an arm or leg, see your doctor. In other words, if you just have mild to moderate back pain, no other symptoms, and you can relate it to a specific injury, it should resolve on its own. Of course, any time you're concerned about any symptoms at all, call your doctor.
Here's information on how to treat back pain at home.
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