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Low back pain medical diagnosis?

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Dr. Scott Kreiner
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 27 years experience
None: Low back pain is a non-specific condition and is no more of a medical diagnosis than "knee pain" or "ankle pain." a reputable spine physician will perform an appropriate history, physical examination, and possibly imaging studies to identify the underlying cause of the pain. Once identified, an adequate diagnosis can be given.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Low Back Pain: Very common for humans to experience back pain. Acute onset of back pain usually resolves in 4-6 weeks. If pain isn't improved, worsens, radiates into legs, causes tingling and numbness into legs, weakness of legs, associated with numbness in the perianal area, bowel or bladder problem, fever, chill, unexplained weight loss, of pain while lying down regardless of position seek medical evaluation.
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 25 years experience
Many reasons!: Low back pain or lumbago can have many diagnoses and possible origins of pain. Many patients have degeneration of their discs; can develop instability, or may have a congenital instability (spondylolysis), that can become painful later in life. A moderate amount of good physical activity and core strengthening can help to fend of many reasons for pain. Have yourself evaluated and stretch + walk!
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Several options: Back pain is usually related to arthritic changes to the spine. Sometime back pain can be related to infections, cancer, fractures, or even other organs such as the kidney, bladder, etc. A good physical exam and possibly imaging can help diagnose the cause of low back pain.

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