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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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