Back pain may seem like it stems from one cause, but numerous factors, such as personal medical history and recent injury, can contribute to it. A quick, accurate diagnosis puts you on the fast track to living without pain. Receiving an accurate diagnosis for back pain is a multi-stage process. In general, there are three distinct stages of diagnosis.

Personal Medical History

The diagnostic procedure begins with an information gathering session. Age, pregnancy history, lifestyle and heredity can all contribute to bones and joint health. Consulting with a specialist about the possibility of SI joint dysfunction will begin with a review of this information.

Diagnostic Physical Exam

During a physical exam, physicians look for positive signs of SI joint dysfunction by completing tests, including the FABER, compression and thigh thrust. If positive SI joint pain indicators are present during the physical, a diagnosis is confirmed by performing a diagnostic SI joint injection.

SI Joint Pain Confirmation

Performed much like therapeutic SI joint injections, the diagnostic version confirms the presence of SI joint pain if the patient experiences a reduction in pain after the test. This non-invasive procedure helps pinpoint the source of back pain. Following confirmation of a diagnosis, treatment can include medication, injections or physical therapy.