If you’ve been suffering from back and spine pain for a long time, it may seem like an unavoidable part of life. However, the doctors at La Peer Health Systems’ Spine Center of Excellence can help you find relief. The first step to alleviating your pain and getting you back to the activities you once enjoyed is spine pain testing and diagnosis.
Testing for Back and Spine Pain
In order to determine the most effective treatment for your spine condition, our surgeons will first need to identify the root cause of your pain. You should come to your appointment prepared to answer the following questions about your back or spine pain:
- When did your spine pain begin?
- Have you participated lately in any strenuous sports, work or activities?
- Which if any home treatments have you attempted?
- Does the pain seem to travel down your arms or legs?
After talking with you about your spine condition, doctors will likely perform a physical exam. In addition to evaluating your posture, spine curvature and range of motion, our surgeons may manually examine your spine. Because spine pain can have a neurological component, doctors may also test your reflexes and muscle strength.
After conducting the initial exams, your doctor may order various imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, bone scans and MRIs. Try not to be impatient while doctors are determining the source of your pain. Accurate diagnosis of spine pain can help ensure that you receive the most targeted treatment for your condition or injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I ensure an accurate diagnosis of my spine pain?
A: Come to your appointment prepared to answer questions about when your pain began and what home treatments you’ve attempted. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner you will start to enjoy relief from your spine pain.
Q: What are the advantages of undergoing an MRI to diagnose spine pain?
A: MRI scans are useful for detailed imaging of discs. They can also help doctors identify spinal stenosis and tumors.
Q: Why might my doctor order an X-ray of my back?
A: Your doctor might order X-rays to check for back and spine fractures.
Q: Why might my doctor order an EMG?
A: An EMG is a test that uses mild pulses from electrodes to check nerve function. Doctors might order an EMG to detect irritated or pinched nerves.
Q: How long will it take to determine the cause of my spine pain?
A: Identifying the source of back and spine pain can be complex, and patients may get frustrated at the lack of easy answers. However, taking the time to ensure an accurate diagnosis will ultimately help our surgeons determine the best treatment for your case.
Contact Our Spine Surgeons
If you’re tired of living with chronic back and spine pain, the doctors at the Spine Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills can help. Call (888) 564-1419 today and schedule an appointment to determine the cause of your pain.
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