Diagnostics & Examinations

How can the doctor determine where the back pain comes from? Does this require X-raying? The diagnosis is in this chapter.

Which examinations are necessary for back pain?

For people who go to the doctor because of newly occurring, acute back pain, this can largely rule out dangerous causes by intensive questioning and physical examination in most cases, so that no further diagnostic measures are required. Of course, there is no 100% certainty, but they never exist.

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Does an X-ray have to be taken with back pain?

The answer, which is rather surprising for many people, is that in most cases an X-ray can be dispensed with in case of acute back pain. First, because the pain often disappears by itself. On the other hand, because radiological diagnosis usually does not contribute any additional cognitive value to recent complaints.

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Is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exposed to X-rays?

No. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can do without X-rays. The images are generated by a strong magnetic field and radio waves.

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What is a myelography?

Myelography is a very special procedure for the examination of the back and the spine, which is only used if satisfactory results can not be obtained with other diagnostic methods. In times of MRI and computed tomography, this examination is rarely necessary.

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