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Imaging Tests for Back Pain (AAFP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Lower Literacy, Lower Literacy Spanish, Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Family Physicians
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 08/01/2022
Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea. But that's usually not the case, at least at first. Most people with lower-back pain feel better in about a month whether they get an imaging test or not.