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Diagnosis of Back and Neck Injuries and Chronic Pain

Here you can find out about diagnostic tools, terms and options. You can also follow the latest development in diagnostic medicine for neck and back injury and chronic pain.
  1. Diagnosis Related Terms (3)
  2. Anatomy Explained (35)
  3. Medical Imaging (19)
  4. Pain Charts (2)

Thoracic Spine Pain
Thoracic spine pain - while less common than neck or back pain - is still a significant problem. Learn what to do about mid or upper back pain.

Radiation Exposure from Diagnostic Imaging Tests and Procedures
Radiation exposure is a risk of getting a diagnostic imaging test. Find out how much radiation is too much.

Spinal Disc and MRI
What does your doctor look for when she reads your spinal disc MRI?

Preventing and Diagnosing Central Canal Stenosis
Can you prevent central canal stenosis from occurring?

Do You Really Need Diagnostic Imaging Tests for Your Neck or Back?
Films and diagnostic imaging tests for neck pain and back pain are both over utilized and under utilized.

Myotome Definition
Myotome definition.

Symptoms of Back Pain
Symptoms of back pain and neck pain may have you running to the doctor for treatment. Before the doctor can give you a treatment for your back pain or neck pain, she or he must understand what your symptoms are. It is very important to clearly and accurately communicate your back pain symptoms to your doctor.

Back Pain Symptoms - Communicating Your Back Pain and Back Symptoms t…
Getting a diagnosis for your back pain means you have to communicate your symptoms to your doctor or spine specialist. How do you prepare for your back pain diagnosis? Do you keep track of your back pain and other symptoms in anticipation of visiting the spine specialist? Share your experience.

What Type of Doctor Should You See for Back or Neck Pain?
The decision as to which type of doctor to see for your back or neck pain depends on what type of back pain you have and if you have been referred to a spine specialist.

How is Acute Low Back Pain Diagnosed?
Acute low back pain requires treatment in order to prevent a chronic spine condition. But first you have to get it diagnosed.

Diagnosing Back Pain Symptoms
Getting a medical diagnosis for back pain or neck pain requires you accurate report your back or neck pain symptoms to your medical doctor. Doctors use the medical history, a physical exam and sometimes imaging or lab tests to come up with a diagnosis for your back or neck.

Positional - or Upright - MRI
In 2006, a small study examining sitting postures repeated one done in 1953, but with more sophisticated technology. The study used the positional, or upright, MRI and introduced a new era in back pain medicine. Diagnosing causes just got easier.

Implanted Neurological Stimulators Don't Mix with MRIs
The FDA has issued a warning to pain management professionals that patients with implanted neurological stimulators who have MRI are at risk for serious injury.

When Do You Need to See a Doctor for Your Back Pain or Neck Pain?
Most of the time back pain, back aches and neck pain resolve on their own. But there some signs you should get them checked by a sign specialist or doctor. Your back pain, neck pain or back ache may be the sign of a red flag, or a serious problem. Examples are leg pain, back injury or radiating pain down legs or arms.

Scoliosis Screening Programs - Should Schools Screen Kids for Scoliosis?
To help parents catch scoliosis in their child as early as possible, some state have scoliosis screening programs. But this is a controversial issue. Should schools provide screening for spinal curvature in young children, and if not, what does a parent need to do?

What Can that Sharp Pain In Your Lower Back Be?
A sharp lower back pain can be any number of things. Learn more about sharp pain in the low back.

Straight Leg Raise Test - What is a Straight Leg Raise Test
Straight Leg Raise Test - What is a Straight Leg Raise Test

What is Discogenic Pain
Disocgenic pain is back pain or neck pain that originates from interverbal disks. Learn about discogenic back pain including causes and symptoms of discogenic pain and treatments for discogenic pain.

Diagnosing Sharp Low Back Pain
Most of the time, a sharp low back pain is nothing to worry about -- but sometimes it can be serious. Learn more about diagnosing sharp low back pain.

What Causes Referred Back Pain?
Referred pain sometimes shows up in the back. Learn more about referred pain.

Common Back Pain Red Flags
Here are common back pain red flags your doctor will likely screen for during your medical appointment.

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