Back Pain Information
An estimated 8 out of 10 people in the United States suffer from back pain, making it one of the most common medical conditions. The pain can be acute, brought on suddenly by a sports injury or a fall, for example, or it can be chronic, lasting for at least three months. The causes of chronic back pain are often harder to determine, and symptoms may develop gradually.
Symptoms of back pain can vary, ranging from sudden, sharp pain to an inability to stand up straight. When should you see a doctor? Although most cases resolve without treatment, you should see your healthcare provider if your back pain is accompanied by:
- Trouble urinating
- Pain or numbness in your legs
- Unintentional weight loss.
(Click Back Pain for more information on this condition, including treatment options, who to see for back pain, and the usual prognosis.)