GETTING AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS FOR LOW BACK PAIN…

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Getting an accurate diagnosis for lower back pain can literally be a pain in the back. In the US, lower back pain is said to be one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of GP visits. Yet determining the underlying cause of low back pain, can be hard to find.

It is often more challenging than many people expect and can involve a combination of a thorough patient history and physical examination as well as diagnostic tests. The history and physical examination’s are used to help determine if a patient’s lower back pain is more likely to be caused by a soft tissue (muscle, ligament or tendon) problem that will likely heal itself or a more serious underlying medical condition, such as fracture, infection or tumor.

By the time your GP orders any diagnostic tests such as an x-ray or MRI scan, he or she will usually have a strong idea as to the probable cause of your low back pain so the diagnostic test is used more to confirm their diagnosis and provide more detail.

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4 thoughts on “GETTING AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS FOR LOW BACK PAIN…

    • When my first problem was diagnosed mri’s were not available, I had to have a myelogram which was unbelievably painful but the only option available at the time to see what the real problem was.

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  1. Huttriver is right on. It is very difficult to find a diagnosis….I have been to a chiropractor and many physical therapists…with many different answers on what my pain stems from. MRI’s are very expensive only really conclusive on if its a herniated disc or not, and if its a herniated disc..then the options to relieve it are slim and ineffective.

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  2. Your right about that Von, as you may have read I’ve had four spinal surgeries, lumber and cervical for herniated discs and am still in a great deal of pain as the ones after each fusion are now herniated.

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