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How does a doctor determine the cause of your back problems?

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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.

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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