Most back pain — even severe back pain — goes away on its own in four to six weeks with self-care, such as rest, heat or ice, over-the-counter pain medication and exercise. Surgery helps some patients and is generally considered as a last resort.
You should see a surgeon if your severe back pain:
Follows a fall, blow to your back or other injury
Is constant or intense pain, especially at night or when you lie down
Spreads down one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below your knee
Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legs
Occurs with swelling or redness on your back
Occurs with unintended weight loss
Occurs with new bowel or bladder control problems
Call 507-594-4170 to schedule your appointment. No referral is necessary.
Not all treatments, tests and services are available at all Mayo Clinic Health System locations. Check with your preferred location in advance.