How to Be Proactive when Treating Your Back Pain - dummies

How to Be Proactive when Treating Your Back Pain

By Michael S. Sinel, William W. Deardorff

Part of Back Pain Remedies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Finding permanent relief from back pain requires you to be a proactive patient. You should feel comfortable with all the tests your doctor wants you to have, and understand the treatments that could be available to you.

If your doctor recommends that you have a medical test for your back problem, you should get answers to the following check-up questions first:

  • What is the name of the test, and what do you expect to learn from it?

  • Why is the test performed, and why am I being advised to have it?

  • What can I expect before, during, and after the test?

  • What does it mean if the test is positive or negative?

  • How is the test related to developing a treatment plan for me?

Be an active partner with your doctor in the treatment of your back problem. The following checklist helps you get the answers you need:

  • Why are you recommending this treatment for me?

  • What benefit should I expect, and how long will it take to determine if the treatment is working?

  • Are there any possible problems that can occur with this treatment? What should I do if these occur?

  • Is there any problem doing this treatment along with the other treatments I am pursuing?