3. When should you seek treatment?
Progressive leg weakness.
Loss of bowel or bladder control.
Severe uncontrolled pain.
Unexplained weight loss accompanied by pain and neurological impairment.
Fever with increased pain which does not respond to common fever reducers.
Recent significant trauma such as a fall from a height, motor vehicle accident, or similar incident.
Recent mild trauma in those older than 50 years of age.
Anyone with a history of osteoporosis: An elderly woman with a history of a hip fracture
Any person older than 70 years of age: There is an increased incidence of cancer, infections, and abdominal causes of the pain.
Prior history of cancer.
IV drug use: Such behavior markedly increases risk of an infectious cause.
Low back pain worse at rest can be associated with an infectious or malignant cause of pain.