Back Pain in Older Adults : When to Consult a Doctor
You are more than 50 years oldPain has lasted more than 6 weeksRecent injury – even a minor injury can cause a fracture in the older adultYou have or did have cancerYou are having fever, chills, night sweats, unexplained weight lossYour pain radiates below the kneeYou have developed incontinenceYou are immunocompromisedNight painUnrelenting pain, even when lying downLoss of sensation in the pelvis or legsWeakness in the legs that is getting worseIV drug useRecent GI or GU procedure
Back pain is common in seniors. Here are some clues to decide if it might be serious. If you fit into these categories, make an appointment to see your doctor:
Be sure not to ignore these signs. Self care is an important tool to help you live a pain free and happy life.