What's causing my

Back Pain?

Discover why your back hurts with a simple, free PainSpot quiz. Answer a series of personalized questions and learn about potential causes of your back pain so you can be more informed when you work with your doctor.

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Find Answers and Relief for Unexplained Back Pain

Living with unexplained back pain can be frustrating, debilitating, and exhausting. Some 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. Figuring out the cause can help you start feeling better faster. Find answers, treatment, and relief with a PainSpot back pain assessment.

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PainSpot was created by Douglas Roberts, MD, an independent clinical rheumatologist with 30+ years of experience diagnosing and treating patients with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Roberts saw firsthand how his patients struggled to understand the causes of their pain while experiencing frustrating delays getting to the right doctor, the right diagnosis, and the right treatment plan. Dr. Roberts developed the first version of PainSpot — an online risk assessment tool that is easy to use and accessible to everyone — based on the clinical decision-making tools that doctors use to diagnose patients.

The aim of PainSpot is simple: to educate and empower you to better understand your health so you can get diagnosed and treated faster.

PainSpot is offered to you for free, as it is now part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, a patient-centered non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness. GHLF is also the parent organization of CreakyJoints, the digital arthritis community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research via ArthritisPower®, the first-ever patient-centered research registry for joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions.

PainSpot can help you figure out what is causing your pain but should never replace the guidance of your health care professional. Once you receive a diagnosis from a qualified health care provider, GHLF, CreakyJoints, and ArthritisPower are here to help you manage and live your best life, despite your diagnosis. We will never ask you for money or a donation.

This updated version of PainSpot was made possible by grant support from the biopharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly & Co. and UCB.