Low Back Pain -" The Epidemic
The pain follows a violent injury, such as an automobile accident.
The pain is constant and getting worse.
You have lost significant weight.
You continue to have great difficulty bending forward.
You have developed a number of problems in your nervous system (e.g; numbness, loss of power, etc).
You have developed an obvious structural deformity of your spine.
You should also see your doctor (either for a first visit, or for a follow-up) if the pain is continuing for more than 4-6 weeks.
Occasionally your doctor will want to do other tests to look for the rarer causes of back pain.
The pain may force you to rest, but this is a result of the pain, and not a good treatment for back pain. If you have to take to your bed, limit it, if possible, to a day or two at the most.
The use of pain killers, muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory medications may help to reduce some of the pain in the initial or acute stages of the low back condition. Consult your medical doctor before “sampling” with medications.
Avoid activities likely to put unnecessary strain on your back.
See your doctor if you think you are in one of the red flag categories.
For many unfortunate suffers, low back pain can be very debilitating. Many low back conditions can be progressive. Taking it easy or self medicating are not very good ways to correct most low back conditions. As with many physcial conditions, the sooner the problem can be diagnosed and treated, the less time may be needed to treat the problem. If left untreated, many low back pain conditions may result in surgery being the only option.