When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain Reno NVBack pain is very common. In fact, about 80 percent of people experience back pain at some point during their lives. Many people are able to relieve their pain on their own without going to see a back doctor, but in some instances, professional treatment may be necessary.

At-Home Remedies

Some of the most common at-home treatments for back pain include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, or aspirin
  • Applying a heating pad or an ice pack
  • Periodically resting (be careful not to remain inactive for too long, though, since that can actually make the pain worse!)
  • Stretching and performing gentle exercises

When to See a Back Doctor

If you’ve been experiencing back pain for several weeks and the treatments mentioned above have failed to provide relief, you may need to see a doctor. You should also see a doctor, regardless of when your back pain started, if:

  • You started feeling the pain after a trauma, such as a fall or a car accident
  • You only experience back pain at night or when you lie down
  • Your back pain is severe enough that you can’t perform routine activities
  • You’re also experiencing a fever, numbness, tingling, unexplained weight loss, decreased strength, or loss of bladder or bowel function
  • You’re especially at risk for fractures, infections, or cancer

Doctors Treating Back Pain in Reno, NV

If you’re in need of a back doctor in the Reno, Nevada, area, you can confidently turn to the experts at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. We’re a full-service orthopedic practice that’s been serving patients since 1966. Contact us or use our convenient online scheduling system to set up an appointment. One of the knowledgeable back doctors on our team will diagnose what’s causing your pain and recommend a course of treatment that’s tailored to your specific needs.

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10539 Professional Circle, Suite 201
Reno, NV 89521

(775) 392-3680

973 Mica Drive, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89705

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2874 N. Carson Street, Suite 105
Carson City, NV 89703

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1749 North Stewart Street, Suite 50
Carson City, NV 89706


2874 N. Carson St. Suite 210
Carson City, NV 89703

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1520 Virginia Ranch Rd, Suite 101B
Gardnerville, NV 89410

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105 C Street
Hawthorne, NV 89415

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306 Surprise Street
Yerington, NV 89447

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2170 B South Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can develop a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to his or her specific needs, lifestyle, and goals.

I truly wish I could give them more than just 5 stars!

"I couldn’t have asked for better care for my son than from the staff at Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic. From the receptionist all the way up to the surgeon, we were treated with the utmost respect, kindness, patience, and care. They were not only quick to get him in for an examination, but were amazingly quick to fit him into the schedule to have his injury treated asap!! Thanks to them, my son is now on the road to recovery. I truly wish I could give them more than just five stars!"

Christa D. / Carson City, Nevada
Thanks Doc!

"Dr. Mike Fry is a wonderful doctor and caring person. When I saw him for the first time, he held my hand and said, “I’m going to make you well”, and he did! I had back surgery 2.5 years ago and still doing great. Thanks Doc!"

We were deeply impressed with the entire experience.

"We were deeply impressed with the entire experience. Candace should be commended for her work ethic. Also my experience with the x-ray tech was outstanding. I would not change anything."

Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent.

"My entire experience was just as good as I had planned…a great day! Dr. Fry and the entire staff were excellent. Thanks a lot!"

I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life.

"Dr. Jones and his staff through the surgical procedures and other methods they have performed over the years have enhanced my daily living experience dramatically. I am leading a more productive life without the daily pain I dealt with in the past. I cannot express how much of a difference this has made in my life."