Back pain in patients from many different causes can cause symptoms of sharp or dull pain in the low back. You could have radiating pain going down one or both legs. You could have an ability to bend without pain, to lie down, sit or stand or lift objects without pain. These are all very important symptoms to look after if you're experiencing back pain. One of the emergent symptoms that you would really need to be evaluated for on an emergent basis would be if you have bowel or bladder dysfunction, meaning that you can't go to the bathroom or you can't control your bladder. That might mean that one of the very important nerves going to your bladder or your bowel system is being compressed. And if that does not get taken care of on a very quick basis, it may lead to permanent damage of the genitary urinary system.

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Jonathan Nissanoff, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • A leading orthopedist, specializing in Orthopedic minimally invasive sports medicine
  • Recognized nationally as a top healthcare provider

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