Back pain is fairly common. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, approximately 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
“Pain is an indicator that there is inflammation going on in your body.
“Never ignore any message of pain that the body sends.
Be sure to get evaluated by a professional if you have severe back pain coupled with any of these warning signs:
*Pain that won't go away. If your severe back pain doesn’t improve with rest or hasn't subsided within a week of home treatment, you should be checked by a doctor.
*Severe back pain that extends beyond the back. See your doctor if you are experiencing pain that shoots down into your leg — especially all the way to the bottom of your leg. This could indicate something more serious than a strained muscle, such as a damaged disk in your back.
* Numbness, tingling, or weakness. If your back pain is accompanied by numbness or tingling in the legs, back, or anywhere else in your body, you should get to your doctor right away. Any unusual weakness should also be evaluated by a doctor.
* Pain after an accident. If your back pain began after a fall or an injury, be sure to get a doctor's evaluation. You should also be sure to call your doctor if you experience any swelling or redness on your back.
*Pain that is worse at certain times. See a doctor if your pain gets significantly worse at certain times or in certain positions, such as lying down. Increased pain at night is also a warning sign of something more serious.
* Problems with your bowels or urination. If you have trouble with bowel movements or urination, these symptoms might be associated with your back pain. Be sure to tell your doctor about these symptoms.
*Unexplained weight loss. If you’re losing weight without trying, it may be related to your back pain, and you should seek medical attention.
*Fever. If you’re experiencing a fever along with your back pain, you should call your doctor.
In general, back pain should not be ignored — if the underlying condition isn’t treated, it will likely worsen, in terms of joint degeneration or chronic muscle spasm. “If pain is sensed for a long enough time, the body will adapt to a ‘new normal’ and potentially lessen the pain sensation. But that does not mean that the pain is ‘gone’ or that ‘it's better.’ The body has just adapted to a new, lower functioning level. And there will most likely be another area of the body that starts to sense pain,”