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should i be worried about my back pain?
In most cases, lower back pain is nothing to be overly concerned about. However, there are a few cases where there may be cause for concern. It is important to seek medical review if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain, especially if it is lasting longer than 6 weeks and getting worse
- Numbness in the groin region and difficulty with bowel/bladder/sexual function
- Changes in your balance or ability to walk, with sensation of weak legs
- Pins and needles and numbness in your legs
- An injury mechanism that involves significant or repetitive trauma such as a fall, car accident or sporting injury, where fracture may be suspected
- Atypical back pain that does not have a clear mechanical pattern
Your treating health professional will advise you on whether they are concerned about your symptoms
In the absence of the above factors, most cases of lower back pain and injury are not to be overly concerned about. Although distressing, especially in acute phases, most cases of pain will resolve with time and appropriate management. Your treating health professional will advise you on whether they are concerned about your symptoms. When appropriate they will refer you on for specialist medical review or investigations.