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We’ve Got Your Back: Know When to Call the Doctor

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If you’ve ever had back pain, you are not alone. Studies indicate that 60 to 90 percent of the population has experienced back pain at least once in their lives. The good news is that whether it appears after a traumatic accident or out-of-the-blue, the majority of back pain will improve. Now, the question becomes when to seek professional treatment. These symptoms indicate that you have a serious issue:

  • You’re younger than 20 or older than 55, and are experiencing back pain for the first time.
  • The pain follows a traumatic or violent injury.
  • You experience back pain at night.
  • Your back pain is constant and is getting worse.
  • Your back pain is located in the upper part of the spine.
  • You presently have cancer or have had it in the past.
  • You’re on corticosteroids.
  • You’re experiencing back pain after significant weight loss.
  • You’re experiencing numbness, loss of function in your legs or loss of bowel or bladder function.
  • You’ve developed an obvious structural deformity of your spine.
  • You have debilitating back pain that hasn’t reduced after 4-6 weeks.

If you have any of these symptoms, call Resurgens Orthopaedics today for an evaluation.