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Urgent Care for Neck & Back Pain

Many people experience back and neck pain. 

At CareWell Urgent Care, we understand the discomfort that often comes with these pains. Injuries to these areas can make moving hard and cause discomfort in daily activities.

If your back or neck pain makes it challenging to do your everyday things, it's important to get medical help to heal well and feel better. 

Whether it's back or neck pain, we're here to give you the care you need to feel better and recover faster.

When to See a Doctor for Back Pain

You should consider seeing a provider for back pain if:

  • The pain is severe, doesn't improve with rest, or lasts for an extended period.
  • Other concerning symptoms like numbness or weakness in the legs, loss of bowel or bladder control, fever, or unexplained weight loss accompany the back pain.
  • It follows an injury or trauma.
  • You experience recurring episodes of back pain or have a history of back problems and are over 50 years of age.

Should I Visit Urgent Care or the ER for Back Pain?

Deciding between urgent care and the emergency room for back pain depends on the severity of the symptoms. 

In general, back pain is a common symptom we treat at CareWell Urgent Care.

Urgent care is best for mild to moderate back pain that doesn't involve other severe symptoms and is not the result of a recent injury. 

If the back pain is severe and is accompanied by symptoms like weakness or numbness in the legs, loss of bladder or bowel control, fever, or if it's the result of a recent injury or trauma, it's important to seek immediate care in the emergency room. 

These symptoms might indicate a more serious condition that requires urgent medical attention.

Will Urgent Care Give Pain Meds for Back Pain?

The short answer is that it depends.

Most urgent care facilities, including CareWell Urgent Care, can provide pain medications for back pain based on the severity and cause of the pain.

Medication may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or muscle relaxants to help manage discomfort and reduce inflammation. 

However, the type of medication and its prescription may vary based on the individual's medical history, the severity of the pain, and the specific circumstances surrounding the back pain. 

Can I Go to Urgent Care for a Pinched Nerve?

Yes, you can go to urgent care for a pinched nerve. 

At CareWell Urgent Care, we can provide an initial assessment and care for your pinched nerve. We will evaluate your symptoms, conduct a physical examination, and offer treatments to help manage the pain associated with a pinched nerve. 

Treatment may include prescribing anti-inflammatory medications, guidance for home care (such as rest, ice, or heat applications), and suggesting exercises or physical therapy that can assist in relieving discomfort.

If the pain is severe, accompanied by muscle weakness, or you're experiencing significant difficulty with movement, we may recommend further evaluation by a specialist or emergency care team.

What Will Urgent Care Do for Neck Pain?

Urgent care centers, including CareWell Urgent Care, can assist with neck pain by performing an initial evaluation to assess the severity of the discomfort. We will examine your neck, review your symptoms, and recommend over-the-counter pain relief options or prescribe medications to alleviate the pain. 

We may also provide recommendations for home care, such as applying heat or ice, and advise on specific exercises or stretches to help relieve the discomfort. 

If necessary, we may perform x-ray imaging to confirm diagnosis and refer you to a specialist for further evaluation or treatment. 

If the neck pain is severe, accompanied by numbness, weakness, or results from a traumatic injury, you should visit your closest emergency room or dial 9-1-1 now.

When is Neck Pain an Emergency?

Neck pain is considered an emergency if it is accompanied by severe symptoms such as:

  • Numbness or weakness in the arms, legs, or anywhere else in the body, which could indicate a spinal cord issue.
  • Pain that spreads into the arms or legs, especially if it's severe, sudden, or accompanied by tingling or weakness.
  • High fever and neck stiffness, which could indicate a potential infection in the spinal area.

It's also important to know that If the neck pain is the result of a traumatic injury, such as a car accident or a fall, and is severe or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it's essential to seek immediate medical care.

Visit CareWell Urgent Care for Back Pain Near You

Don't let neck and back discomfort affect your everyday life. 

At CareWell Urgent Care, we specialize in treating neck and back pain. We are open seven days a week and proudly serve patients of all ages with no appointments ever needed. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing neck or back problems that require medical attention, our experienced team is here to help. 

With multiple locations across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, we offer timely care for neck and back-related concerns. 

Find your nearest urgent care location for prompt and convenient neck and back pain treatment now.

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