Almost all people will experience back pain during their lives. Most back pain is self-limiting and is alleviated with time. Back pain is the number one cause of doctors’ visits, the number one cause of disability, and a large expense to the United States. There are many possible causes of back pain, so a correct diagnosis is important. Early evaluation by a pain physician and quick adoption of a treatment plan leads to the best outcomes.
As with many conditions, diagnosis is key. Epidural, facet and trigger point injections can all be used diagnostically, as can electromyogram (EMG) testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-rays.