Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a valuable diagnostic study that has been used by health care providers since the 1980s. MRI is a noninvasive, nonradioactive and pain-free method of evaluating the human body.
Radiographic Assessment for Back Pain
Radiographic assessments for low back pain involve the use of X-rays to determine the cause of the pain or discomfort. Usually, Xrays are ordered by your physician in cases in which he or she suspects congenital defects, degenerative disease, trauma, metastatic cancer or bone deformity as a cause of lower back pain.
Electrodiagnostic studies, sometimes called EMG for electromyography, are a commonly used technique to test the function of muscles and nerves. These studies are ordered by physicians to help determine the cause of back or neck pain, numbness/tingling and strength loss. Commonly diagnosed conditions include pinched nerves, peripheral nerve injuries and muscle disease.