When to see a Doctor for Low Back Pain

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The American College of Physicians (“ACP”) recommends that you see a doctor IF:

1. Pain runs down the leg below the knee
2. The leg, foot, groin or rectal area feels numb
3. Fever, nausea or vomiting, stomachache, weakness, or sweating occurs
4. Bowel or bladder control is lost
5. Pain was caused by an injury
6 Pain is so bad you cannot move around
7. Pain does not seem to be getting better after 2-3 weeks.

The ACP and the American Pain Society published guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in December, 2007. For a “Summary for Patients” of these guidelines, go to www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/147/7/

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