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:
An X-rayX-ray to look for injuries or diseases that affect the discs and joints of the spine.