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Back Pain Analysis

There are several questions that can help to define the cause of the underlying spine problem.

  1. How long has the pain been severe?
    Days/weeks/months/years?
    Generally the longer it has been present, the less likely it is to be a life-threatening problem.
     
  2. Is there any history of cancer?
    Is this related to the back pain?
     
  3. Are there any problems with the nerves or spinal cord?
    Is there numbness, weakness or lack of coordination in the arms or legs?
    These are worrying symptoms that need further investigations.

Often despite worrying symptoms, most people do not need surgery, although other forms of treatment may be needed.

The only real way to have an accurate evaluation is for a thorough history and examination to be completed, and for appropriate investigations to be organized and interpreted.

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