Is Back Pain Serious?




Is Back Pain Serious?

Is Back Pain Serious?
An incredible 80{95f364b8aea3ba4afb976a81c1dcc2e8147daac1866ef443968911255633a999} of people will suffer with back pain at some point in their lives! Luckily most cases are due to abnormal stress and strain on the spine and can be easily treated by correcting the underlying cause.

However, in a small percentage of cases, back pain can be a sign of something more sinister. Although relatively rare, back pain can be a symptom of several different disease processes.

Please read through the following list of signs and symptoms carefully. Whilst it is always advisable to consult a health professional when you are having back pain, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, see a doctor as soon as possible.


A recent injury such as a car accident or fall.
• Back pain with a fever or chills and sweats.
• First incident of severe back pain and you are over 50 years old.
• Pain that wakes you from your sleep at night.
• Unexplained weight loss.
• Difficulty with bowel or bladder control.
• Numbness or tingling in the saddle area (inner thighs and groin).
• Pain radiating down one or both legs below your knees.
• Unable to stand on your toes, or walk on your heels.
• Any muscle weakness in the legs (eg. you can’t lift your big toe upwards).
• Throbbing in abdomen.
• History of cancer, osteoporosis, steroid or drug use.


Fortunately serious illness represents only a very small number of back complaints. Even if you have any of the above signs, it does not necessarily mean it is something to be concerned about. But it does mean you should obtain the advice of a health professional.

Serious underlying spinal conditions that may cause back pain include:

  • Infections are not a common cause of back pain. However, infections can cause pain when they involve the vertebrae, the intervertebral discs, or the sacroiliac joints connecting the lower spine to the pelvis.
  • Tumors are a relatively rare cause of back pain. Occasionally, tumors begin in the back, but more often they appear in the back as a result of cancer that has spread from elsewhere in the body.
  • Cauda equina syndrome is a serious but rare complication of a ruptured disc. It occurs when disc material is pushed into the spinal canal and compresses the bundle of lumbar and sacral nerve roots, causing loss of bladder and bowel control. Permanent neurological damage may result if this syndrome is left untreated.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms occur when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally enlarged. Back pain can be a sign that the aneurysm is becoming larger and that the risk of rupture should be assessed.
  • Kidney stones can cause sharp pain in the lower back, usually on one side.


Fortunately, the vast majority of back pain is due to incorrect movement patterns (find out more about What Causes Back Pain). That is, we use our backs in ways they are not designed for, placing extra stress and load on the spine which it is simply not designed to withstand. Usually the end result of these incorrect movement patterns is pain. That is why Total Back Pain Solution is so successful for nearly everyone with back pain, because it actually corrects these abnormal movement patterns, taking the stress off your back, allowing you to move more freely and with greater strength and stability. 



If you have any concerns about your back pain, it is always best to consult a health professional.


If you have any questions, or would like to share your own experience, please leave us a comment below.

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  1. Hi Brad,
    Enjoyed reading the list of symptoms and causes. I suffer from back pains myself now and then, but I think it’s mainly due to stress. At least I hope it’s not anything severe. So far, I have no problems with the things you list up, but I will keep it in mind!

    Keep up the good work. I will visit your site soon to learn more.


    • Hi Andreas,

      The majority of back pain is due to mechanical stress as a result of problems with the neurological motor control, or basically, incorrect movement patterns.
      Stress can certainly make these problems more noticeable.

      All the best,

  2. Hey Brad,

    I have had back pain a couple of times in my 31 years. I’ve been going to the chiropractor after a rear end collusion and never thought much about how it might have gotten everything out of line. However, I did have a couple questions. How much of a strain does whiplash put on your back. I know it does a lot to your neck, but my left shoulder was hurting too.

    I have 16 treatments left, but am doing much better now. Still not 100{95f364b8aea3ba4afb976a81c1dcc2e8147daac1866ef443968911255633a999} and haven’t ever went to a chiropractor before that. However, it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    I think a lot of people try pain pills and everything which just mask the problem rather than fix it. What are your thoughts on all these harsh pills people take?

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