How does a doctor determine the cause of your back problems?
Your doctor will check your range of motion and nerve function. You may have blood and urine tests to see if you have find an infection or other health problem. X-rays can pinpoint broken bones or other skeletal defects. They can also sometimes help show problems in connective tissue. Computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans check soft-tissue or disc damage. You may have an electromyogram (EMG) to see if there's nerve or muscle damage.
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