In order to best treat spinal pain it helps to work out if it fits a recognised pattern of pain even if an underlying cause cannot be clearly defined. Once the serious pathological specific causes of spinal pain are ruled out by your doctor or treating team then
working out a pattern that best fits your symptoms allows treatment to begin even without blood tests, X-rays, CT scan or MRI scans. Below are a series of patterns that are commonly seen with mechanical spinal pain. In order to work out which pattern you fit into you need to ask yourself a few questions.
1. Where is your pain worst?
For low back is it low back/buttock or leg pain?
For neck pain is it neck/shoulder or arm pain?
2. Is your pain constant or intermittent?
3. What makes the pain worse?
4. What makes the pain better?