In-depth

Symptoms

Symptom Checker

Foot pain? Headache? Sore throat? Skin rash? Use the Symptom Checker to find out what's causing your symptom.

Tests and diagnosis

CT scan

MRI

X-ray

Treatments and drugs

Back surgery: When is it a good idea?

Having a lot of back pain doesn't necessarily mean you need surgery. Research your options before agreeing to go under the knife.

Diskectomy

Laminectomy

Nov. 23, 2016
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