Most attacks of simple back pain last only a few days and get better on their own. But if you have any one of the following symptoms you should see a doctor immediately.
- Redness or swelling on the back.
- Pain that shoots down your leg toward your foot or down your arm toward your hand, whether accompanied by backache or not. Such pain may mean a herniated disc or other diseased tissue is pressing against a nerve in your back or neck.
- Numbness or weakness in one or both legs and feet, or in your arm or hand. It may mean that a nerve carrying sensations from the affected limb back towards your brain is being compressed.
- Muscles weakness in your leg or foot, or in your arm or hand. This can mean that something is pressing on a nerve carrying messages from your brain to that limb.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control is a sign that some diseased tissue may be compressing crucial nerves in your back.
- Your pain lasts longer than a week or more. Most backaches go away by themselves in a few days or weeks. If it persists longer, it may mean that it is caused by some serious back problems that should be treated.
- The pain is the result of an injury, a fall, or a blow to the back.
- Pain lasts for more than a few days in someone aged less than 20 or above 55.
- Backache is so severe that it wakes you up in the night. Most backaches feel better when you lie down. Once that does not happen it might be caused by some serious disease, such as an infection or tumor that should be treated immediately.
Triggers for Back Pain:
- Poor posture
- Lack of exercise
- Standing or bending down for long periods
- Sitting in a chair that does not provide enough back support
- Sleeping on a mattress that does not provide enough back support
- Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling heavy loads, or going about these tasks in a wrong way
- A fall