Although most incidences of back pain are resolved with home care such as over-the-counter pain medication, hot and cold compresses, or moderate stretching and exercise, some symptoms could be indicative of a much more serious condition.

If you experience back pain with any of the symptoms listed here, we recommend that you visit an emergency room immediately for immediate medical care. These symptoms include:

  • Pain resulting from a trauma or injury you have suffered
  • Weakness or loss of sensation in your limbs
  • Very severe pain
  • A history of cancer
  • Pain that wakes you from sleep
  • Pain that doesn’t get better after a week or two of home care
  • Weight loss
  • Fever or chills
  • Numbness in the groin
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control