How is a back injury diagnosed?

If you suffer a back injury on the job, it's essential to receive immediate medical attention. There are several reasons for this:

-- You don't want to assume that the pain will go away, as you may have suffered a serious injury.

-- You need to consult with a doctor if you have plans on filing a workers' compensation claim in the future.

Although you may be experiencing back pain, it doesn't mean you have a clear idea of what's causing the discomfort. This is another reason to visit a doctor. Your medical team can order the proper diagnostic studies to help pinpoint the cause.

Some of the tests used to diagnose a back injury include:

-- X-ray. This provides a detailed look at the bone structure of the spine, allowing for the diagnosis of instability and fractures.

-- CT scan. This helps identify conditions such as a herniated disc.

-- MRI scan. This type of scan is typically used to get a closer look at the nerve roots and discs. It is also commonly used for pre-surgical planning.

It's important that you find out what is causing your back pain This is the only way to receive the right treatment in the near future.

If you injured your back on the job, don't wait to receive medical treatment. Also, don't hesitate to file your claim for workers' compensation benefits. With this money, you'll find it easier to get by until you can return to work.

If your claim is denied, it's time to learn more about filing an appeal in hopes of receiving benefits in the near future.

Source: Web MD, "Management of Back Pain," accessed March 24, 2017

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