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This week: Pain, fertility after cancer, how broken bones heal

Pain is the human body's alarm system, but not every alarm can be traced to an injury that requires treatment. Back pain is one example. It's the kind of problem almost everyone will face at some point. But when should you be concerned?

Adam Rufa, a doctor of physical therapy at Upstate Medical University, explains on “HealthLink on Air” that people should seek evaluation for pain that is accompanied by numbness or tingling, a change in bowel or bladder habits or pain that is severe and does not improve. The most recent treatment recommendations for back pain urge doctors not to rush to medications or other interventions. Rufa says physical therapists can assess pain and provide tools to help relieve pain.

Also this week: A new program that allows males with cancer to preserve their ability to father children, plus how broken bones are repaired after traumatic injury.

Join us this Sunday, April 1 at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for "HealthLink on Air."