Upper and Middle Back Pain (cont.)
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In general, symptoms of upper and middle back pain may:
More serious symptoms that need to be treated right away include:
When to Call a Doctor
In most cases, back pain gets better with home treatment. So unless you have signs of a severe illness, injury, or heart attack, you can give your back pain some time to work itself out before you call your doctor.
Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment. If you get worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next. If your back pain is mild to moderate, it probably will get better on its own. You can try home treatment to relieve your symptoms. If you don't feel better in 1 to 2 weeks, call your doctor.
Be sure to call your doctor right away if you start to have other symptoms or you have:
Who to see
In most cases, your primary care doctor can help manage your back pain. But depending on your symptoms, he or she may suggest that you see another health professional, such as a physical therapist, physiatrist, chiropractor, or surgeon.
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