Doctor Katzman

Identifying the source of your back pain is the first step towards finding the right treatment option. Use our tool below to confidentially identify your current spine condition or to confirm an existing condition you may be worried about.

Follow Steps 1 through 4 in order to describe your pain, tell us the symptoms you’re experiencing and provide a brief pain history to complete your condition check and get your results directly from one of our spine specialists.

Online Condition Check Tool

Back pain can range from dull, intermittent aches to sudden sharp pains that make it impossible to move. It can start quickly after an injury or it can get worse slowly over time.

Who Can Get Back Pain?

Anyone can have back pain, but there are some factors that increase your risk:

  • Aging — The older you get, the more you are predisposed to back pain.
  • Poor Physical Fitness — People who are not physically fit are more likely to get back pain.
  • Obesity — Obesity can put too much pressure on the back, leading to pain.
  • Genetics — Some forms of back pain, such as a type of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis, can have a hereditary component.
  • Disease and Ailments — Cancer and some other type of arthritis can cause back pain.
  • Work — If your job involves lifting heavy weights or sitting at a desk all day, you may also be predisposed to back pain.
  • Smoking — When you smoke, your body is unable to get all the nutrients it needs. Smoking may also cause coughs, which can lead to back pain. People who smoke also take a longer time to heal from back pain.

Causes of Back Pain

There are many reasons why back pain may occur. Examples include disc degeneration, muscle spasms, tense muscles, herniated discs, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. Back pain may also be caused by spinal stenosis, injuries from sprains, fractures and accidents that cause trauma to your back.

Whatever the cause of your back pain, and regardless of whether it’s dull or severe, having this pain diagnosed quickly and efficiently is important. Use our online condition check tool to self-diagnose your pain and start finding treatment options today.

Step 1: Tell Us About Your Pain

Where is your pain? (choose all that apply)

Lower Back
Middle Back

Where is the pain strongest?

How long have you been experiencing pain?

How would you describe your pain?

Are you always in pain?

Step 2: Tell Us About Your Symptoms

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

Pins and needles feeling
Tingling sensations
Progressing weakness
Loss of coordination

When is your pain at its worst? (choose all that apply)

In the morning after waking up
While standing or walking
While bending backwards
While sitting
While performing strenuous activity

When does your pain feel better?

Step 3: Tell Us About Your Pain History

What caused your pain originally?

If other please explain:

Have you undergone any of the following?

If other please explain:

Step 4: Tell Us About Yourself

First Name

Last Name



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