Low back pain: Part II: Differential diagnoses and patient evaluation

D. C. Sigg, J. H. Falkenberg, O. N. Hausmann, P. A. Iaizzo

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In this chapter, the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of patients with low back pain were discussed. Back pain is a very common disorder; it remains as one of the most common complaints of patients seeking medical care. Although the differential diagnosis seems extensive, mechanical back pain may account for as much as 98% of low back pain. Unfortunately, in most cases a precise diagnosis cannot be made. Using this and the preceding chapter as a background, we will discuss non-surgical and surgical treatment approaches in the upcoming Part III of this series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-162
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Anesthesiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2000


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