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What's Causing Your Back Pain?

What's Causing Your Back Pain?

An EMG, or electromyogram, is a test that’s been around for decades, but doctors have only recently started using it again on patients with back pain, thanks to new research showing its effectiveness as a diagnostic tool. Unlike an MRI that simply takes a photograph of the spine, the EMG registers electrical activity in the muscles surrounding the spine. This method can more accurately identify the source of pain, says Andrew Haig, a physician and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Health System. “Taking a photo of a car with a dent in it isn’t going to tell you whether the radio works, and taking a photo of an old spine isn’t going to tell you if it hurts,” Haig says. Why Suffer? Find out 5 Secrets to Easing Back Pain In fact, having an MRI could even be bad for you, Haig says. Most older spines have some sort of disc degenerat...

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