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Home Health Library Topics Upper back pain

Self-care

Hot or cold packs may ease discomfort. Limited bed rest, followed by regular activities and gentle stretching exercises may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if the pain:

  • Happens after a car crash, bad fall or sports injury
  • Causes new bowel or bladder control problems
  • Occurs with fever

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if pain:

  • Persists or worsens
  • Occurs with unintentional weight loss, nausea, or both
  • Limits ability to work, sleep, or perform daily activities
Last Updated: September 9th, 2022