Disc problems, facet joints, nerves, bone, muscle or ligaments can all be a source of pain. An early diagnosis through identification of the sources and the contributing factors to the development of the problem help to provide a focused treatment plan for short and long term benefit.
Back pain may be associated with other symptoms: it may have more serious underlying causes. This includes abnormality of the spine; an infection or a collapse of the specific problem by a medical assessment is appropriate in order to devise customised treatment.
See a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Redness or swelling on the back
- Pain down the legs and below the knees
- Numbness or weakness in one or both legs
- Loss of bladder, or bowel control
A doctor should also be consulted if:
- Pain lasts longer than a week
- 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 under 20 or over 55