Back pain - nonspecific Symptoms
Signs and tests
- Low back pain
- Pain in any part of the back
- Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm, but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine.
Review Date: 09/26/2006
Reviewed By: Andrew L. Chen, M.D., M.S., Orthopedist, The Alpine Clinic,
Littleton, NH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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