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Discomfort in upper back after a mild strain. Do I need rest or go to a doctor?

Hi, I have discomfort in my upper back for the last few days. I had a close call with horses when I was driving on friday, I had to brake suddendly and sharply to stop my car hitting them. I am wodnering could I have hurt my upper back at all. This is the only thing I can think of that may have aggitated it. I am wondering do I need to just rest it for a few days or should I visit a physio/ chiroprator/ doctor/ none and wait a week or two?
Asked On : Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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Hello and thanks for the query
In my take a complete bed rest for two days and take some analgesic and apply analgesic gel locally, don't try to massage it. If you get relief and the pain reduces than try to go back to your work slowly.
But if their is no relief and your pain increases even after rest than get your X-ray done and consult your doctor for further treatment and investigations.
Complete rest is the best treatment for back pain.
Best Wishes and get well soon
Answered: Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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