Back pain pitfalls

Gerard D Spoelhof, M. Bristow

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Pain along the vertebral column is such a frequent complaint that it is easy to overlook unusual etiologies or serious complications. In addition to the common traumatic and degenerative causes of back pain, infectious, rheumatic and neoplastic conditions must also be considered. Nonmusculoskeletal disorders may sometimes be mistaken for lumbosacral strain. A systematic and sympathetic approach to the diagnosis may uncover uncommon pathologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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