10 things most commonly asked by a doctor during a back pain consult.



10 things most commonly asked by a doctor during a back pain consult.
September 17, 2014
  • If this is due to an injury, how did the injury occur?
  • What pinpoint area in the spine is the pain felt the most?
  • On a 1-10 pain scale, what rating is this pain?
  • Are the symptoms new, recurring, or do they never go away?
  • What makes the pain better or worse?
  • Is there a known personal or familial predisposition for back problems?
  • Are there associated symptoms in the arms or legs?
  • Are neurological symptoms occurring such as numbness, weakness, or bowel or bladder problems?
  • Have x-rays or radiology exams of the back ever been taken before?
  • What care is currently being taken to treat the back pain?

Depending on your particular condition, the doctor may focus on one subject more than the other and will ask other questions specific to you once he has gathered some background on your case from you.  This list of questions, or those similar, can help the physician compile information that can assist in the care plan of the patient.