While there are exceptions, this list will give you a good idea of when you need to see a doctor for back pain:
- Back pain that follows trauma or injury, for example a car accident, or fall off a ladder
- The pain is constant and is getting worse
- The pain is severe and does not improve after three days
- Severe back that does not improve with over the counter meds like ibuprofen or Tylenol
- The pain is worse after rest
- Severe pain at night (For example, pain that wakes you up from a deep sleep)
- Abdominal pain associated with back pain
- Numbness or altered sensation in the upper inner thighs, groin area, buttocks or genital area
- Neurological problems, such as: weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg(s) or arm(s).
- Unintentional weight loss
- Pain with fever, chills or night sweats
- Loss of Bladder control
- Loss of Bowel control
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