When to See a Doctor for Back Pain?

when to see a doctor for back pain

It can be difficult to determine if you need to see a doctor or specialist for back pain, especially if you aren’t familiar with what a rheumatolgist is or what diseases they treat. A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in both musculoskeletal disorders and certain autoimmune diseases. AOCBV has a team of board-certified rheumatologists in Bryan/College Station, TX that are equipped to treat inflammatory back pain. We will discuss when to see a doctor for back pain.

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

The majority of the time muscle aches, pains or injuries are not serious. However, if your joints hurt and particularly if the signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, pain, stiffness and loss of joint function) don’t subside after a day or two, you may need to see your doctor to receive a rheumatologist referral.

Signs You May Need to See a Rheumatologist for Back Pain

Your doctor may refer you to AOCBV if you experience chronic back pain and have two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Morning stiffness in the back lasting more than 30 minutes
  • Alternating buttock pain
  • Back pain improves with exercise but not with rest
  • Pain causes awakening in the second half of the night

Rheumatic Diseases and Diagnosis

Everyone has general musculoskeletal pains from time to time that last just a few days. However, when pain in your joints, muscles, neck, back and bones is severe and persistent for more than a few days, it is necessary to see your doctor. During their early stages, rheumatic diseases are difficult to identify. You can actually have everyday symptoms that are related to much more complex conditions.

It is imperative to find the correct diagnosis as rapidly as possible to begin appropriate treatment because these diseases respond best to treatment in the early stages. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, contact your doctor about receiving a rheumatologist referral today.

Back Pain Treatment at AOCBV

Our board-certified rheumatologists at AOCBV can evaluate all of your symptoms to diagnose and treat your back pain. The most effective way to prevent inflammatory back pain is to treat the underlying causes. PRP Therapy may also be an effective option for back pain treatment when the pain is resistant to traditional therapeutic techniques.

The bottom line pertaining to back pain is that it requires a personalized approach. No two cases of this condition are exactly the same, and treatment needs to be just as unique.

Our goals of treatment for chronic back pain include reducing symptoms, maintaining spinal mobility and decreasing disease complications.


These are just a few signs on when to see a doctor for back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, or you are concerned about some of the symptoms above, then contact us here at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic. We will work with you to schedule a convenient diagnosis and consultation appointment, which we can then use to begin drafting the most effective back pain treatment to correct the causes of your back pain.

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