When should I contact my healthcare provider about a back strain or sprain?

Call your healthcare provider if:

  • You have severe pain and cannot walk more than a few steps.
  • You have numbness in the area of injury or down your leg.
  • You have injured your lower back several times before.
  • You have a lump or area with an unusual shape.
  • You have pain that interferes with sleep.
  • You have obvious weakness in an extremity (hands or feet) after an injury.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/09/2018.

References

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Low Back Pain Fact Sheet. Accessed 11/16/2018.
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Sprains and Strains. Accessed 11/16/2018.
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Back and Neck Pain. Accessed 11/16/2018.
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Low Back Pain. Accessed 11/16/2018.

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