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How Are Spinal Disorders Diagnosed?

Last updated 5 years ago

If you have been suffering from back pain, then it is important to see a specialist who can help to diagnose the cause of the pain and work towards achieving a solution.  Back pain can be caused by a variety of problems, from something as simple as how you sleep at night to more serious problems that require special care and attention.  However, you should be sure to leave the diagnosis of the back pain to a professional.

When diagnosing your pain, the doctor will want to understand your habits in case certain activities—like heavy lifting—might be causing problems.  He or she will also want to know what other pain you might be suffering in conjunction to the back pain.  This can include radiating pain, displaced pain, and headaches.

Initially, your doctor will want to palpate—or feel—your back.  Through this, they will be able to tell if you have strained muscles, inflammation, or other problems that might be causing you pain. You might even be asked to undergo an X-ray or other diagnostic test.  All of these steps will help your doctor to diagnose the source of your pain.

MRIs are incredibly sensitive and are one of the best diagnostic tools available.  They can create an image of the spine and view the disks, the vertebrae, and the spaces.  X-rays are not as sensitive as MRIs, but can pinpoint many problems—from arthritis to abnormal curvatures—and use less radiation.

The spine undergoes a lot of pressure throughout a lifetime, and almost every adult experiences trouble with their back or neck at some point.  The best treatment is to figure out the problem and work to solve it, either through strengthening exercises to support overworked muscles, physical therapy, medication, and occasionally surgery.  However, because problems can build on each other if not properly treated, it is important to stop this from happening and seek relief early.

If you are looking for a specialist that you can trust, then you should make an appointment with one of the professionals at SpineOne.  Our doctors know how to treat back and neck pain and have extensive experience with all related problems.  You can learn more about our services and how we can help you on our website.  

 

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