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How is low back pain diagnosed?
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Diagnosis
Exact direction of injury mechanism and symptom constellation suggests which body part of low back & pelvis to examine.
Best examination is one that tests each tissue of the body part, i.e., bone, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, and myofascia; as body part functions in time & space. The direction of gravity acting on body masses stimulates pain transducers & abnormal joint range of motion.

In brief: Diagnosis
Exact direction of injury mechanism and symptom constellation suggests which body part of low back & pelvis to examine.
Best examination is one that tests each tissue of the body part, i.e., bone, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, and myofascia; as body part functions in time & space. The direction of gravity acting on body masses stimulates pain transducers & abnormal joint range of motion.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Jeffrey Roh
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: History & Physical
The best method to diagnose the etiology of back pain is a thorough history and physical exam (h&p).
Listening carefully to the patient's history and chief complaint can help the clinician focus their efforts. A comprehensive orthopedic and neuro exam can also help pin point anatomic sources of pain and rule out any neurologic compromise. Imaging studies (xr/mri/ct) can help confirm the diagnosis.

In brief: History & Physical
The best method to diagnose the etiology of back pain is a thorough history and physical exam (h&p).
Listening carefully to the patient's history and chief complaint can help the clinician focus their efforts. A comprehensive orthopedic and neuro exam can also help pin point anatomic sources of pain and rule out any neurologic compromise. Imaging studies (xr/mri/ct) can help confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Craig Morton
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
The first steps are a good history of the back pain, where and when it occurs, how did it start.
Questions about family history of a back pain. Then physical examination, then possibly imaging such as xray , ct or mri. After that the doctor will suggest the most likely reason for the back pain and suggest a specific treatment or treatments.

In brief: See below
The first steps are a good history of the back pain, where and when it occurs, how did it start.
Questions about family history of a back pain. Then physical examination, then possibly imaging such as xray , ct or mri. After that the doctor will suggest the most likely reason for the back pain and suggest a specific treatment or treatments.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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