Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chronic Back Pain Evaluation

The evaluation of chronic back pain begins with a medical history and physical exam.

Physical findings in those who have musculoskeletal chronic back pain include:

  • Poor range of motion
  • Pain with motion
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness

Physical findings in those who have chronic back pain due to nerve impingement or disk disease include:

Testing may be required to determine the underlying cause of chronic back pain.

Tests that may be used to evaluate chronic back pain include:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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