Strong pain not only hurts, but is also often a cause for concern that something worse could be behind it. Therefore, the good news first: 90% of all acutely occurring back pain disappear on its own, so "spontaneously", as the doctors used to say.
Only in 1 in 10 patients do they become chronic and last longer than 6-12 weeks (usually back pain from 6 weeks is considered to be subacute and chronic at 12 weeks).
In only 5 out of 1,000 cases, the pain is actually due to a serious condition. Almost always certain warnings are to be found for causes requiring treatment. See a suitable doctor immediately if you observe any of the following warnings in addition to the low back pain:
- suddenly increasing weakness
- Tingling or even paralysis of the legs
- Inability to hold urine or stool with you
Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser