Back Pain Questions

Your lower back pain is killing and you decided to see a doctor. What does he need to know? What kind of back pain questions will your doctor be asking you?

What they ask and what you tell will give your doctor a pretty good idea what your problem is.

After this initial consultation, the doctor will perform an examination, order any necessary x-rays and laboratory work, arrive at a diagnosis, formulate a treatment plan and initiate care.

The more information you are able to give the easier it will be for the doctor to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

It doesn't matter what doctor you will be seeing (MD, DC, DO) he will be asking you a lot of questions about your lower back pain.

Here are some basic back pain questions that he will ask and you need to answer:

  • Where is the pain?
  • When did it start?
  • How did it start?
  • How long have you had the pain?
  • What helps?
  • What makes it worse?
  • Is there radiation of pain? Where?
  • What is frequency of pain?
  • What is the pain duration?
  • What other treatment has been tried?
  • What are your habits, occupation, family history?
  • Where there prior injuries, accidents, episodes?

This is a pretty standard list of question any doctor should be asking. And you need to answer as accurately as you can.

So go prepared. This will go a long way to uncovering the true cause of your pain and choosing the best care.

If the doctor doesn't ask these questions, either personally, on a questionnaire, or by an assistant, find the nearest exit and seek the services of another doctor that will ask these questions.

Failure to ask these questions to try to elicit revealing answers is like a blind man trying to navigate through a field of land-mines.

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