How do you know when back pain is more serious?

It's serious and doesn't get better with rest. It spans one or both legs, especially if the pain extends below the knee. As a rule of thumb, if lower back pain does not go away within 1 to 2 weeks, you should visit your doctor. Your pain is most likely not a sign of a medical emergency, but a doctor can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.

Back pain usually makes it look worse than it is. The most worrisome types of back pain rarely involve severe pain, and many common problems (such as disc slips) are mostly much less serious than is feared. Only about 1% of back pain is ominous, and yet it can often be treated. Most of that 1% is cancer, autoimmune diseases, and spinal cord damage.

What many people don't know about chronic back pain is that it can often be resolved without surgery. In particular, they deserve praise for strongly discouraging doctors from requesting diagnostic imaging tests only “for patients with low back pain when there are serious or progressive neurological deficits or when serious underlying diseases are suspected.” This evidence is the first of its kind, a rarity in low back pain research, a field in which almost everything has been studied until death. Instead, they studied new cases of chronic low back pain and found that “more than a third recovered in nine more months. For example, if you have been diagnosed with chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, you may be prescribed a muscle relaxant or may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Although chronic back pain may appear suddenly, it usually increases gradually and lasts longer than six weeks. Conversely, lumbar degenerative disc disease can cause moderate, dull pain in the lower back. This type of pain isn't necessarily severe, but it may worsen over time without treatment. If you feel your lower back pain getting worse on days when it's cold or the weather changes, you're not imagining things.

The great idea behind classification-based cognitive functional therapy (CB-CFT or simply CFT) is that most back pain has nothing to do with frightening spinal problems and can therefore break the cycle of pain and disability by relieving patients' fears and anxiety. Every case of back pain is unique, but the following information can help you determine if your lower back pain is serious. This Australian study concluded that “the prognosis is moderately optimistic for patients with chronic low back pain, which contradicts the common fear that any low back pain that lasts longer than 6 to 9 weeks will become a long-term chronic problem. Most people who mark one or two things don't have an ominous cause for their low back pain.

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