Back Pain Red Flags

Back pain can be caused by a variety of factors, and in most cases, it is not a cause for serious concern. However, there are certain red flags associated with back pain that could indicate a more serious underlying condition. If you experience any of the following red flags, it’s important to seek professional medical attention promptly:

  • Severe Pain: sudden or sever pain that is not getting better with rest, gentle stretches or over the counter pain relief.

  • Pain Radiating Down the Leg: This could be a sign of sciatica, which is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.

  • Weakness or Numbness: If you experience weakness or numbness in your legs, it could be a sign of nerve compression or damage.

  • Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control: This is a serious red flag for back pain and could indicate nerve issues and we recommend you seek your GP/professional medical attention as your first action.

  • Trauma or Injury: If your back pain is the result of a fall, accident, or other trauma, it’s important to get evaluated, especially if the pain is severe or accompanied by other symptoms.

  • Pain that Worsens at Night: Back pain that gets worse at night, especially if it disturbs your sleep, might be a cause for concern.

  • Pain with Certain Activities: If your pain is consistently triggered or worsened by specific activities or movements, it could indicate a structural issue that needs attention.

  • Pain Persisting for Several Weeks: If your back pain persists for more than a few weeks, despite trying conservative treatments, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.

  • Unusual Sensations: If you experience abnormal sensations like tingling, burning, or shooting back pain, it might suggest nerve involvement.

Remember that while these back pain red flags are cause for concern, they don’t necessarily mean you have a serious condition. However, they do warrant a thorough medical evaluation to determine the cause of your back pain and ensure appropriate treatment. Always consult a healthcare professional for proper assessment and guidance.