Are you concerned about back health or back pain? Here are a few questions to ask your doctor:

Back health and preventing injuries

  • Am I at risk of back problems? (Your doctor will ask about your work environment, leisure activities, and general health to answer this question.)
  • How can I improve my posture while sitting and standing?
  • Are there any exercises or stretches that I should do to keep my back in shape?
  • How can I reduce my risk of back injuries at work?
  • Are there any "back health" products such as lumbar supports, special chairs, and mattresses that I should consider using?

Back pain

  • What may be causing my back pain?
  • Are there any medications that I can take to relieve the pain? Will these be safe to take with my other medications?
  • Are there any non-drug measures I could take to relieve the pain, such as ice, massage, support braces, or exercises?
  • Should I consider chiropractic treatment or surgery?

Back surgery

  • Would back surgery be a reasonable option for my back problem?
  • What are the possible risks and complications of surgery?
  • How long will it take to schedule the surgery?
  • What do I need to do in preparation for the surgery (e.g., lab tests, stopping medications)
  • How much is the surgery likely to improve my back pain?
  • When would I be able to go back to my regular activities?
  • What are my options for controlling pain and nausea after surgery?