When to See a Doctor for Your Back Pain?

We are all likely to experience some back pain at some time in our lives. Usually the pain subsides without any medical treatment but there are times when you should
make an appointment with a specialist in back care. It does not take much to strain your back; sometimes a poor night’s sleep or a little too much activity can trigger pain in the spine. Most people who have back pain are better within three weeks with some rest, over the counter pain relief medication and some appropriate gentle stretching and exercise. However, in certain cases medical attention is the best option.
If you experience the following symptoms, it would be appropriate to consult a physician specializing in spine care at North Star Medical Center.


Back pain that is severe.
This would be back pain that persists for more than a week and does not improve or gets progressively worse.
Back pain that limits you.
This type of pain prevents or limits you from performing your daily work or activities.
Leg numbness or weakness.
Any numbness or weakness that moves up to the legs, hip or groin can indicate nerve compression in the spine. If this is left untreated, it may result in nerve damage that is permanent
Symptoms that Warrant Immediate Medical Care:
In addition to back pain symptoms described above, some other symptoms may signal more serious medical conditions, and should be addressed without any delay. Seek medical attention immediately if your back pain is accompanied by any of these symptoms:
– Color changes in your legs or feet
If you also experience a change in the color of your feet or legs, this can indicate more serious conditions and should be evaluated promptly.
– Loss of bladder or bowel control
This may signal that the nerves in the lower spine are severely compressed and need immediate treatment to prevent permanent paralysis and impairment of bowel or bladder control.

– Fever that persists.

Fever can indicate an infection in the spine and should be addressed immediately.

Now that you understand how to evaluate back pain symptoms, you will know when to seek medical attention.

The team at North Star Medical Center believe in using a conservative approach when it comes to treating back pain. Because every situation is different, our team will develop a treatment plan that is unique to you. Our physicians provide holistic approaches as well as advanced treatments for pain relief, including:
– Spinal decompression
– Medical manipulation
– Supartz arthritis injections
– Trigger point injections

We also provide physical therapy and holistic medicine services like acupuncture, and traditional treatment methods including medications and steroids.We are located in Lisle and service the cities of Naperville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Bolingbrook, IL, and offer the highest quality patient experience by ensuring safe, effective, and pain-free solutions for athletes, active adults and children that play sports. North Star Medical Center also offers Holistic Chiropractic care and Physical Therapy, Pain control, Nutritional Response Testing, Holistic Medicine and more. Contact us at 1-630-795-1889 for information or if you are a new patient who would like to book your first appointment. Existing patients can book an appointment online on our website by clicking here: www.northstarmedicalcenter.com .

We look forward to serving you.