When do you need to see a doctor for back pain?
The vast majority of the time, back pain does not indicate a serious health problem that requires a medical doctor.
But there are certain instances where you need to see a doctor immediately. These symptoms can indicate a serious problem that requires medical intervention:
- Loss of bladder or bowel control. This indicates a neurological problem.
- Pain that begins immediately after a fall or blow to your back. This might indicate a fracture or nerve injury.
- Pain accompanied by fever. A fever indicates some kind of system infection.
- Pain that’s severe and decrease with rest.
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in your back, buttocks, hip, or leg.
- Back pain associated with sudden dramatic weight loss.
If you have any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical attention.
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