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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Are you having back pain right now?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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Do you have any of the following conditions?

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What medications are you taking (if any) for back pain? (Optional)


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Most important questions to ask about Back Pain

Top 10 Questions about Back Pain

  1. What is the most likely cause of my back pain?
  2. Are there activities I should avoid or that may trigger or worsen my back pain?
  3. Are there any other symptoms that can occur with back pain that might indicate a more serious condition or that should alert me to call you?
  4. What conditions can cause back pain?
  5. How can I prevent back pain or prevent back pain from returning?
  6. How can I prevent back injuries and protect my back during exercise and physical activity?
  7. What are my treatment options for back pain?
  8. Will bedrest help my back pain and if so, how much bedrest do I need?
  9. Are there specific types of exercises, such as core strengthening, stretching, or mind-body exercises, I should do to strengthen and protect my back?
  10. What can I expect from my back pain medication and how long will it take to start working?
  1. What is the most likely cause of my back pain?
  2. Is the cause of my back pain curable or controllable?
  3. How will my back pain and its cause affect my daily life and long-term health?
  4. What types of healthcare providers, such as an orthopedic surgeon and a physical therapist, do I need to see and when?
  5. Are there activities I should avoid or that may trigger or worsen my back pain?
  6. Are there any other symptoms that can occur with back pain that might indicate a more serious condition or that should alert me to call you?
  7. What conditions can cause back pain?
  8. How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?
  9. Can my primary care doctor diagnose the cause of back pain or will I need to see a specialist?
  10. If my back pain comes and goes, do I need to be currently experiencing back pain when I see the doctor for a diagnosis?
  11. How can I prevent back pain or prevent back pain from returning?
  12. How can I prevent back injuries and protect my back during exercise and physical activity?
  13. What are my treatment options for back pain?
  14. What should I do if my back pain gets worse?
  15. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my back pain?
  16. Will bedrest help my back pain and if so, how much bedrest do I need?
  17. Are there specific types of exercises, such as core strengthening, stretching, or mind-body exercises, I should do to strengthen and protect my back?
  18. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  19. What can I expect from my back pain medication and how long will it take to start working?
  20. Is my back pain medication habit-forming and will I need higher doses over time?
  21. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  22. How long will I need to take my back pain medication and can I take it as needed?
  23. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my back pain medication?

What to Discuss

Symptoms:

Medications:

What to Bring

  • Insurance Card
  • Driver's License or ID
  • This Guide and a Pen

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