Skip to content

    Back Pain Health Center

    Font Size

    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)

    Recommended Related to Back Pain

    Don’t Let Low Back Pain Ruin Sex

    When it comes to your sex life, low back pain can have serious impact. You may start avoiding bedroom encounters for fear of triggering more pain, and if your partner gets no explanation for your seeming loss of interest, your relationship may feel strained, too. That’s why people with chronic back pain should bring sexual problems into the open, with their partner and with an understanding doctor who can help, says Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA, a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

    Read the Don’t Let Low Back Pain Ruin Sex article > >

    Bone density tests

    Bone scan

    Chemistry screen

    Complete blood count (CBC)

    Computed tomography (CT) scan

    C-reactive protein


    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

    WebMD Medical Reference

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

    Today on WebMD

    Woman holding lower back
    Or is it another form of back pain?
    Hand on back
    See the myths vs. the facts.
    Woman doing pilates
    Good and bad exercises.
    acupuncture needles in woman's back
    Use it to manage your pain.
    Man with enhanced spinal column, rear view
    pain in brain and nerves
    Chronic Pain Healtcheck
    Health Check
    break at desk
    Woman holding lower back
    Weight Loss Surgery
    lumbar spine
    back pain