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8 Signs Your Back Pain Is Actually an Emergency

Reader's Digest Logo By Juliana LaBianca of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: This one's obvious: Whenever you directly injure your back—say you fall, get in a car accident, or something hits you on the back—you'll want to see a professional. 'You very well could have a spinal injury,' says Dr. Troy Madison, an emergency room physician, on the podcast ER or Not. 'That's a very serious thing.' Madison recommends going to the ER. There, you'll probably need an X-Ray or CT scan to assess the injury. Learn the 24 things pain doctors won't tell you.

You recently injured your back

This one's obvious: Whenever you directly injure your back—say you fall, get in a car accident, or something hits you on the back—you'll want to see a professional. 'You very well could have a spinal injury,' says Dr. Troy Madison, an emergency room physician, on the podcast ER or Not. 'That's a very serious thing.' Madison recommends going to the ER. There, you'll probably need an X-Ray or CT scan to assess the injury. Learn the 24 things pain doctors won't tell you.
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