Taking Care of Back Pain

See your doctor, says the North American Spine Society, if you answer yes to the any of following questions regarding back pain: Has the pain extended down your leg? Does leg pain increase if you lift your knee to your chest or bend over? Has the pain followed a fall? Have you had significant pain for three weeks or more? Does the pain increase when you're resting or wake you up at night? Do you have bladder or bowel problems? Do you experience numbness or weakness in your legs when you walk?