Lower back pain is very common, affecting approximately 1 in 8 people. However, about 80-90 percent of lower back pain isn’t something to stress about, as it comes and goes with the stress of our daily life.
When, then, is back pain considered more than just a nuisance of everyday life? There are four main types of back pain that could be linked to serious health conditions. Read on to learn when you should have your doctor check your back pain:
Back Pain With Fevers
Back pain accompanied by a fever may be a sign of infection. People may have a fever for many different reasons such as a cold, but it can be cause for worry of an epidural abscess. These abscesses are a collection of pus that affects your spinal cord. If you have a fever for an extended period of time, you should see your doctor right away. Be sure to mention your back pain as one of your largest symptoms.
Back Pain Accompanied By Leg Pain
Radiating pain is pain that can start from any area of your body, and is often associated with numbness, weakness, or tingling. A pinched nerve happens when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. Dragging your foot while working, for example, maybe a sign that you have a pinched nerve. If you have pain radiating from your back into other areas of your body, you should visit your orthopedic specialist.
Upper Back Pain Near The Neck
Pain in your upper back by your neck may not actually be back pain. This pain is coming from your neck, but the reason is not your back — it may be your spinal cord. Your spinal cord runs from your neck all the way to your tail bone. Upper back pain associated with a tingling or weakness in your hands, or unsteady balance, maybe a sign of a spinal cord issue that needs to be checked by your doctor.
Back Pain With Loss of Bladder Control
One of the most emergent forms of back pain is that which is associated with bladder control. Back pain combined with bladder control issues could be a sign of a herniated disc or nerve damage. If you notice a loss of bladder control and are in a high level of pain, you should head to the emergency room.
Seeking Back Pain Treatment
Whether your back pain is related to another medical issue or is affecting your daily life, our specialists at Orthopaedic Specialty Group can create a treatment plan to ease your pain. Contact us today to set up an appointment!