Taking the mystery out of low back pain: diagnostic strategy yields clues for initial treatment and referrals...this is the first in a special series of articles on evaluation and management of back pain

Title

Taking the mystery out of low back pain: diagnostic strategy yields clues for initial treatment and referrals...this is the first in a special series of articles on evaluation and management of back pain

Creator

Weiner B K; McCulloch J A

Publisher

Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine

Date

2000
2000-08

Description

Low back pain (LBP) is a significant public health problem that frequently restricts patient activity and boosts health care costs. LBP is also a vexing clinical problem. Although it is usually associated with specific work and social factors, in most cases the precise cause of pain cannot be determined. As a result, approaches to diagnosis and treatment are often ill-defined and inconsistent. A clear strategy for diagnosis of commonly seen LBP problems can lead to more effective initial treatment and referrals. This strategy places LBP problems in 1 of 4 general diagnostic categories: disk herniations, spinal canal stenosis, diskogenic LBP, or severe nonmechanical LBP Specific initial treatment and referral recommendations are made for each category.

Subject

Referral and Consultation; Intervertebral Disk Displacement; Low Back Pain – Therapy; Low Back Pain – Diagnosis; Low Back Pain – Epidemiology

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

450–466

Issue

8

Volume

17

Citation

Weiner B K; McCulloch J A, “Taking the mystery out of low back pain: diagnostic strategy yields clues for initial treatment and referrals...this is the first in a special series of articles on evaluation and management of back pain,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed July 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6161.

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