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What's the cause of lower back pain if there's nothing showing up on an cray?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Plain x-rays rarely show the cause for low back pain.
Most is muscular strain, with some disc issues also common; these are not shown on x-ray. Initial treatment can almost always proceed without imaging; when indicated, MRI can show relevant soft tissue problems.

In brief: Many

Plain x-rays rarely show the cause for low back pain.
Most is muscular strain, with some disc issues also common; these are not shown on x-ray. Initial treatment can almost always proceed without imaging; when indicated, MRI can show relevant soft tissue problems.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Muscle strain spasm

Causes 95% of back pain normal xray can rule out deformity fracture severe degenertion.

In brief: Muscle strain spasm

Causes 95% of back pain normal xray can rule out deformity fracture severe degenertion.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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