How To Know When Back Pain Could Be a Medical Emergency

Back pain usually means that a person is experiencing a pulled muscle, a muscle spasm, a slipped or herniated disc, or some other sort of musculoskeletal issue. However in some instances, certain types of back pain could be a sign of a true medical emergency that may become life threatening or result in disability if an experienced pain management specialist or orthopedist is not consulted immediately. How to know the difference? Syed S. Rahman, MD, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, has written a very informative blog explaining the 5 types of back pain that needed to be recognized as a potential medical emergency.

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