What back pain symptoms would warrant a call to your office?

When your back pain has not improved, or when you feel it is progressively severe, you should consider calling right away.

You should seek medical care right away if your back pain is persistent and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:

  • loss of bowel or bladder control
  • abdominal pain
  • chills or a fever of 101°F
  • numbness or a loss of strength
  • trouble moving
  • calf pain
  • chest pain, shortness of breath
  • drainage that is green or yellow
  • swelling
  • unexplained weight loss

In some situations, back pain can indicate a more severe medical issue, so make sure to get in touch with your doctor to determine if there is a condition you might be suffering from.

Common causes of back pain

Back pain can arise from various spine troubles and damage, some of the most prevalent causes being:

  • injuries: strained muscles, spasms, damage to the discs, fractures, falls
  • structural problems: ruptured or bulging discs, sciatica
  • medical conditions: kidney problems, osteoporosis, scoliosis, spinal stenosis
  • poor posture: adopting a hunched position when working or driving

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