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Neck and Back Pain: When You Need Tests (AANEM)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Tests
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 10/23/2015
If you have neck or back pain, your doctor may order electrodiagnostic tests to check your nerves and muscles. These tests can help your doctor find nerve or muscle damage. In some cases, the tests aren’t needed. But if the symptoms are severe or continue for a while, you may need an electrodiagnostic test.