Reg flags for serious causes of Lower Back Pain

As part of our of Strive Physio’s dedication to Optimal Spine Care, it is important to identify problems that possibly can be more serious in nature. Do you suffer from unexplained weight loss, unexplained chills or fevers or incontinence? All these symptons maybe serious signs for serious lower back pain, that may require further medical investigation.  To find out more about these important reg flags, sign up below to access more free information on symptoms of serious lower back pain.

Red Flags for serious Lower Back Pain

The rule of thumb is that you should start a more thorough medical investigation only when all of the below conditions are apparent.

  • It has been bothering you for more than about 6 weeks
  • It’s severe and not improving or getting worse
  • At least one red flag  from below is highlighted

Specific Red Flags for serious lower back pain are highlight below;

  • Lower back pain risks are generally higher if you are under 20 or over 55 years of age.
  • When lightly tapped, the spine is painful
  • Unexplained fever or chills
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs which is aggravated by lifting
  • Weight loss
  • Risks of cancer
  • Steroid and drug abuse and HIV are all risk factors
  • A general feeling of unwell in addition to having lower back pain may be an indication that there is more going on
  • Difficulty urinating and incontinence
  • Numbness around the groin
  • Foot drop (toe that drags)

If you have identified any of the reg flags above, what do you do now?

Management of Serious Lower Back Pain

At Strive Physio our staff check with every back pain customer for the symptoms or signs of serious back problems to ensure your best possible care.

But if you notice them yourself, don’t take these reg flags lightly and say ‘she’ll be right mate’ as they may require need serious medical investigation.  Make an appointment  to see your general practitioner as soon as possible to discuss these highlighted reg flags to ensure that you are receiving the correct medical treatment.  Your GP will consider necessary referrals, imaging or specialist opinions that may be required, if any of these red flags are present.