Back pain is the leading cause of disability and lost work time in the United States. Four out of five adults will experience some kind of back pain episode in their lifetime. It is among of the most common reasons patients seek medical expertise.
BACK ACHE OR BACK INJURY?
Back pain may be the result of an injury, caused by a sudden movement, lifting something heavy or just reaching or bending over.
Symptoms of a back or spinal medical condition are varied and many are not indications of a serious problem. However, if you experience any of the following back pain symptoms, you should seek the advice of a qualified neurosurgeon.
Severe or shooting pain in your back
Pain, weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
Pain that wakes you in the night
Any of the above symptoms in association with difficulty urinating or with bowel movements