What can I expect from a doctor's clinical exam?
"Your medical history – what kind of pain you have, its distribution and any associated neurological symptoms – is most important. Cause normally involves some type of strain. Disc herniation and deterioration are common diagnoses that we make. You should be assured that most times you're going to get better and not be plagued for your entire life by back or neck pain. You're not going to walk in with the doctor for the first time and have him or her order major diagnostic tests on you."