Spine Specialist, Dr. Ikemefuna Uzo Onyekwelu, Treating Back Pain

Dr. Ikemefuna Uzo Onyekwelu, an affiliated provider specializing in spine issues talks about back pain.

"Give it a couple of weeks initially. And I say that because 60% or more will get better on their own without requiring anything and that means anything no physical therapy, nothing at all. Six weeks tops the back pain should subside and if not... That's a good time to reach out and call your primary care physician." 

If the back pain is associated with pain that goes down the legs or the extremities, where you have some sensory loss, where the feeling in your legs or even anything below the waist does not feel normal. If you have some perceived weakness in the legs, that's a reason to reach out to a provider immediately.