It is important to consult a physical medicine specialist at the first sign of lower back pain. Though back pain is one of the top five reasons patients seek out a medical professional, often the pain has already increased from mild to severe. Strained back muscles and damaged discs are often a result of ordinary, daily tasks (gardening, doing laundry, etc.). More noticeable damage can occur from sports injuries or intentional heavy lifting.
Lower back pain can quickly become chronic and debilitating. Seeking treatment with a physical medicine specialist at the first twinge of lower back pain can help alleviate many painful symptoms.
Additional back pain resources
Lower Back Pain Fact Sheet from the NIH