Few things can stop you in your tracks like low back pain. The smallest movement can cause pain that takes your breath away. And it can be very frightening. Low back pain results in more than two million visits to the emergency room every year. Millions of dollars are spent on diagnostic tests that evidence suggests may not be all they are cracked up to be.
Nearly half of all patients seen in the emergency room for back pain are given a diagnostic test like an X-Ray, MRI or CT scan. The intensity of low back pain, for many people, is alarming and imaging tests can feel important.
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Written by Bliss Mishler
Edited by Amy Rogers