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Red Flags Associated With Back Pain

Are you suffering from Back Pain? 

Important things to know regarding Red Flags and managing uncertainty.

With the focus of patient care being directed towards those cases with COVID-19 and attendance to Accident and Emergency departments down by 30-50% through people’s fear of getting infected, there are concerns by the medical fraternity that the diagnosis of severe pathologies is falling under the radar. 
Most cases of back pain will usually get better without having to consult your GP or health care professional.
However, there are a number of warning signs, known as ‘red flags’ that may indicate your back pain is actually caused by something more serious. Early diagnosis is critical in producing better outcomes and prognosis. Fortunately these signs can be detected during history taking, asking key questions is thought reliable and can help to establish the level of urgency. 

So if you have any concerns don’t hesitate to seek advice.

If you developed back pain and any of the following signs and symptoms, seek urgent medical attention.
        •       A high temperature (fever) of 38 C (100.4 F) or above
        •       Unexplained weight loss
        •       Inflammation or swelling of the back
        •       Constant back pain that doesn’t ease after lying down or resting. 
        •       Pain that travels to your chest, or that is high up in your back
        •       Pain down your legs and below the knees
        •       A recent trauma or injury to the back
        •       Inability to pass urine
        •       Loss of sensation of bowel control
        •       Numbness around your genitals or back passage
        •       Use of steroid medication for a few months
        •       A previous or current cancer diagnosis
        •       A weakened immune system as a result of chemotherapy treatment or a medical condition, such as HIV/AIDS.

Posted by: AislingBirch
Date: Sat, April 25, 2020

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