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Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

Diagnosis of low back pain begins with a medical history and physical exam. Depending on the suspected cause of the problem, the provider may order diagnostic tests, such as:

  • blood and urine tests
  • a bone scan
  • CT or MRI scans
  • an electromyogram, or EMG, which measures muscle response to nerve stimulation
  • a myelogram, which uses a contrast agent and X-rays to detect abnormalities along the spine
  • a nerve conduction velocity test, or NCV, which measures transmission along the nerve

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    Low Back Pain: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/05/01

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