If the pain started after falling, if a patient has bladder or bowel problems or if the pain is getting worse It's time to see a doctor. Dr. Ronald Tolchin, Medical Director of the Baptist Health Center for Spine Care, explains those conditions are the key indicators of when patients should see a physician. After a few weeks if the pain is not getting better, the specialist advises seeing a doctor too.
Dr. Ronald Tolchin, Medical Director of the Baptist Health Center for Spine Care, explains with a spine model the symptoms of lumbar strain. Sudden pain in the lower back, spasms in the lower back and pain when touching in the lower part of the back are the most common symptoms, the doctor says.
X ray, CT (Computer tomography) scan, MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), Radionuclide bone scan and (EMG) Electromyogram are the diagnostic tests for strains and sprains according to Dr. Ronald Tolchin, Medical Director of the Baptist Health Center for Spine Care. Doctor Tolchin explains those tests show details of the bones, muscles, joints and everything related to the spine for making diagnosis and sending the most convenient treatment.