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8 signs your back pain is actually an emergency

A few things to consider before you pop an aspirin and tell yourself it’s nothing.

You recently injured your back
You recently injured your back
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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.

Check out these five simple strategies to prevent and ease back pain.



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