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Low back pain medical diagnosis?

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Dr. Scott Kreiner answered

Specializes in Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

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.

Answered 9/12/2018

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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.

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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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!

Answered 1/13/2017

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Dr. Craig Morton answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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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