The first step to treat a back or spinal condition is getting an accurate diagnosis. Problems in the back and spine can range from temporary sciatica to structural problems with your discs and nerves, so it’s important to pinpoint the cause. Sutter Health network doctors use the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment to determine the source, cause and extent of your injury.
To diagnosis your condition, a back and spine expert may also perform:
- A thorough physical exam, including mobility tests and the history of your pain.
- Diagnostic imaging, including upper and lower spine MRIs and CT scans.
- Biopsy of bone or spinal tissue.
- Electrodiagnostic testing to assess the speed and degree of electrical activity in your muscles and nerves.