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Tests for Diagnosing Back Pain

The following are some of the tests used to diagnose the source of back pain:

Ankylosing spondylitis exams and tests

Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)

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Bone density tests

Bone scan

Chemistry screen

Complete blood count (CBC)

Computed tomography (CT) scan

C-reactive protein

Discography

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)

Human leukocyte antigen-B27 (HLA-B27) testing

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Myelography (Rarely used)

Rheumatoid factor (RF)

Spinal X-ray

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 17, 2014

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