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Ankylosing spondylitis exams and tests
Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
Injections for Back Pain Relief
Injecting medicines to reduce back pain and inflammation is helpful for some people. The injections usually consist of a steroid and a numbing medicine.
However, it's important to keep in mind that not everyone gets the same relief.
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Bone density tests
Complete blood count (CBC)
Computed tomography (CT) scan
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)
WebMD Medical Reference
North American Spine Society: "Radiographic Assessment for back Pain."
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Handout on Health: Back Pain."
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Low back Pain."
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