Diagnosis of Low Back Pain and Sciatica
The doctor will ask about a person's symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the back, hips, and legs. This is enough to diagnose a person with low back pain or sciatica.
Images are not usually needed. They may be done in people who have severe or worsening pain or those who may have an underlying health problem causing it.
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- Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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