Your doctor will begin by asking
questions about your medical
history, your symptoms, and your work and physical activities.
He or she will also do a physical
exam. The questions and exam can help rule out a serious cause
for your pain. Your doctor may also ask questions about stress at home and at
work that may make you more susceptible to chronic pain.
If your back
pain has lasted for less than 6 weeks, it may be best to wait to do any
testing. This is because most back pain goes away on its own in a month or
But if you have a back pain problem that has lasted longer than 6
weeks, or if your doctor thinks you may have more than muscle pain, it might be
time for a test.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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