Diagnostic Test FAQs

Q. This is the first time I've had low back pain. Will I have to have X-rays on my first visit to the doctor?

A. X-rays are used to show the alignment of bones and to check for fractures, tumors, and infections. Unless your doctor suspects any of these problems, you probably will not have X-rays taken on your first visit.

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