Firstly, as a trusted Gahanna chiropractor, we want you to know that it is not common for back pain symptoms to be a sign of a larger medical emergency. However, there are certain back pain symptoms that are signs of medical emergencies and require immediate attention from an experienced physician. If you experience any of the following symptoms associated with back pain, we suggest that you seek immediate medical attention as quickly as you can:

  • Fever accompanied by increasing pain that doesn’t respond to common fever reducers
    • Fever often indicates an infection and an infection in the spine can gradually arise if your immune system has been compromised or post surgery.
  • Progress weakness in one or both of your legs and / or loss of your bladder or bowel control
    • If you’re experiencing sudden incontinence or feeling progressively weak or numb in your legs, crotch, and hips, you need to seek emergency attention. These specific symptoms can be indicative of cauda equina syndrome, a syndrome commonly caused by severe compression of your entire nerve sac in your lower spine.
  • Weight loss that cannot be explained, accompanied by neurological impairment and pain
    • If you’ve weighed the same for months and then experience sudden weight loss and loss of appetite, it can be indicative of a serious medical condition like cancer.
  • Lower back pain accompanied by acute and severe stomach pain to the point where you can’t stand up straight
    • Rarely will lower back pain migrate to your abdomen. If you’re experiencing sudden onset lower back pain that isn’t immediately following trauma, it can be a symptom of an enlarged aorta in your abdomen, which is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.