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Column Levels of Danger in Back Pain


Depending on the level of back pain you are experiencing, it may not be necessary to rush to the hospital straight away, but sometimes, back pain may also be dangerous if left untreated, making it difficult to distinguish between the 2 conditions.

Here are some guidelines when checking for back pain:

  1. Back pain when moving the body → No danger
    • If this applies to you, the pain may disappear within 2 to 4 weeks. However, there are cases where the pain worsens, and if the pain persists, we recommend that you see a doctor.
  2. Numbness or pain in buttocks and/or legs, difficulty in walking long distances → Caution
    • If this applies to you, you may have a herniated disc, spinal canal stenosis, or something similar.
  3. Creaking of the body and hunched back → Danger
    • If you have symptoms such as a crooked back, you may have a compression fracture, and the risk increases if you are in your 50s or older.
  4. Pain even when not doing anything → Great danger
    • There is a possibility of a spinal condition or disease in an internal organ, which could be dangerous.

Pain and numbness caused by back pain are often caused by a variety of factors, and a thorough diagnosis is necessary to eliminate them.

If we can examine MRI data from within the past 3 months, our doctor will recommend a treatment plan and the results will be sent to you by our staff. We will then make an appointment followed by treatment on the same day.

Written by Naoki Yoshida, Administrative Director