Medical Emergency – Red Flag Symptoms

Although uncommon, there are certain back pain symptoms that could be a sign of a medical emergency that may become life-threatening or result in some type of disability if not promptly treated.


If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, please go to the nearest emergency room!

  • Neurological impairment: profound muscle weakness, confusion, discoordination
  • Inability to stand erect accompanied by severe abdominal pain
  • Significant trauma resulting in numbness or extremities
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Spine pain accompanied by a fever