Back Pain: Warning Signs
If someone has: pain or weakness in the extremities, unwanted recent weight loss, fever or chills and numbness and grain incontinence, you see a doctor.
Dr. Theresa Pazionis, orthopedic and spine surgeon at the Miami Cancer Institute, says these red flags help doctors find out what the problem is with the images, such as x-rays, CT scans and MRIs. Then, they can proceed with surgical intervention.
The specialist also says that once patients develop neurological deficits, there is no role for conservative treatments. These must be more aggressive.