Your doctor will first ask you about your
past health, your symptoms, and your work and physical activities. Then he or
she will do a physical
exam. Your doctor may also order an imaging test to find out if
something such as a broken bone or a herniated disc is causing your pain.
The type of imaging test you have depends on what kind of problem your
doctor suspects. You may have one or more tests, such as:
X-rayX-ray to look for
injuries or diseases that affect the discs and joints of the spine.
MRIMRI to look for
injuries and diseases that affect the discs and nerves of the spine, such as a
herniated disc, a
pinched nerve, or a tumor. It can also show whether any part of the
spinal canal has
More tests may be done to check for other possible causes for your
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September 30, 2014
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