To test the cause of your back pain, your doctor should examine your back and assess your ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift your legs. This exam helps your doctor understand why you have back pain. Usually you do not need to have tests like an MRI or a CT scan, or other x-rays when you are first diagnosed.
Talk with your doctor and health plan to find out about what other services are available. Many health plans offer additional support and resources for patients with back pain. These additional services may be educational materials (online and in print), therapy, classes or support groups, or phone counseling.
The scores show how well each health plan did at making sure patients with low back pain got an evaluation for the condition that meets recommended standards for the use of x-ray services. The higher score means more patients got the right care at the right time.
The scores are based on information from PPO member administrative records in 2012.