At Advanced Spine & Pain Management, we use a standardized drawing of the front and back of the body to enable you to mark where pain is felt. You may also indicate where the pain spreads and what type of pain you are experiencing. You may be asked to complete the form each time you visit the pain doctor. The completed drawing helps to evaluate your treatment progress.
The proper diagnosis may involve obtaining an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI study to confirm the cause of spine-related pain. When treating spine-related pain, other tests, such as discography, bone scans, nerve studies (electromyography, nerve conduction study), and myelography may be performed. The correct diagnosis is essential to a successful treatment plan.
Some spinal disorders and treatment considerations require involvement by other specialists. Other specialists who may become involved in pain care include your primary care physician, neurosurgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, and other specialists in radiology, psychiatry, psychology, oncology, nursing, physical therapy, complimentary alternative medicine, and other fields.