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Vertebral Compression Fracture (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

A doctor should evaluate back pain in these situations:

  • In any elderly person (age greater than 65)
  • In a person with cancer
  • In anyone whose pain is exactly the same at rest as it is during activity
  • In a person with unintentional weight loss
  • Pain while sleeping is worse than when awake
  • In a child under 12 years of age

Seek medical help at a hospital's emergency department if you have the following symptoms with back pain:

  • Loss of control of urine or defecation
  • Severe pain, numbness, or weakness
  • High fever (temperature greater than 100.4 F or 38.0 C)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/21/2013
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