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All Back Pain is Not the Same

Consider this: Back pain is a symptom, not a diagnosis. A symptom is defined by Miriam-Webster as the “subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance; broadly: something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder.” A diagnosis is defined by M-W as “the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms.” The difference between a sign and a symptom is that symptoms are things we feel, and signs are things that can be seen or measured. For example, if you went to see a doctor because you were having chest pain (a symptom), your blood pressure would be measured (a sign). When taken into account with other signs and symptoms, a diagnosis is reached. There are several re