When To See A Doctor For Back Pain?

As I have already said, in about 90% of back pain cases the pain goes away, even without treatment, in a period of one to two months. So it can be concluded that in most cases it is not necessary to report to the doctor.

However, if the pain persists, or at least does not show a clear tendency to failure in the above mentioned period of time, it is necessary to consult a specialist in order to further examination and treatment.

Add doctor is strongly recommended in the following situations:

Back pain accompanied by severe pain in the leg / feet. When pain from back "radiates" (transferred to) the legs / feet, it is a sign of pinched spinal nerve roots (disc herniation), which requires an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Back pain accompanied by muscle weakness legs (weakness of the feet, knees kneeling). This is a sign of pronounced pinched nerve roots, which often requires the surgical treatment.

Back pain accompanied by dysfunction of urination, chairs and potency in men. These symptoms indicate so. cauda equina syndrome, which is a result of entrapment bundle of spinal nerve roots (large disc herniation, tumors) and requires urgent surgical treatment.

Back pain after falls, strokes and other serious back injury.

Back pain as a result of serious violations still require additional inspections because of the possibility fractures of the spine, with the possible consequences.

Back pain after moderate trauma (injury) back in people older than 50 years. In the elderly, moderate, and even seemingly insignificant injury, can result in vertebral fractures and other damage to the spinal column.

Back pain in individuals older than 70 years. Old age means an increased likelihood of the presence of various diseases as possible causes of back pain.

Back pain in individuals who use corticosteroids. Long-term corticosteroid therapy leads to decreased bone density, so that bones become more prone to fractures, which can also be caused by relatively minor injuries.

Back pain in people with osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis (low bone density) are significantly more prone to fractures. Back pain in patients suffering from malignant diseases.

Back pain in these patients may be caused by metastatic changes in the spinal cord. Back pain in people who have recently had an infectious disease.

Back pain can be caused by infection of the spinal column (spondilidiscitis).

Back pain accompanied by fever. The temperature may be an indirect sign of infection or other pathological processes, such mogućg causes pain.

Back pain that intensifies during lying. Night pain or pain that is aggravated when lying down, may indicate infection and tumors.

Back pain accompanied by sudden weight loss.

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