When should I seek medical attention for my back pain?
While most acute back pain goes away, sometimes it’s due to a serious condition. In these cases, you should seek medical attention. Signs or symptoms associated with the sudden onset of back pain that indicate something serious might be going on include:
•Inability to control your bowel or bladder
•Loss of strength or sensation in your legs or arms
•Daily use of prednisone or pain medications
•History of cancer, spine infection, osteoporosis or aortic aneurysm
•Uncontrolled pain despite medication, activity modification, or therapy