Importance of accurate diagnosis
Your doctor will take a careful medical history and do a physical exam to decide if you need need an X-ray or other test such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computerized tomographic scan) to confirm diagnosis. Most people with back pain may not require further studies.
The doctor will need to take a careful medical history and do a physical exam to look for certain red flags that indicate the need for an X-ray or other imaging test. In some patients, imaging such as X-ray, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or CT (computerized tomography) scan may be advised to confirm diagnosis.