X-rays may be recommended if you have back pain to help diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and determine the best course of treatment. Some common reasons for getting X-rays for back pain include:

  1. To check for spinal fractures or dislocations
  2. To diagnose conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis
  3. To evaluate the spine for spinal tumors or infections
  4. To check for problems with the alignment of the spinal column
  5. To evaluate the effects of prior spinal surgeries or injuries

It’s important to note that not all cases of back pain require X-rays and your doctor may recommend other imaging tests, such as an MRI, CT scan, or bone scan, to help diagnose your condition.

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