Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain: Advice for High-Value Health Care From the American College of Physicians

@article{Chou2011DiagnosticIF,
  title={Diagnostic Imaging for Low Back Pain: Advice for High-Value Health Care From the American College of Physicians},
  author={R. Chou and A. Qaseem and D. Owens and P. Shekelle},
  journal={Annals of Internal Medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={154},
  pages={181 - 189}
}
Diagnostic imaging is indicated for patients with low back pain only if they have severe progressive neurologic deficits or signs or symptoms that suggest a serious or specific underlying condition. In other patients, evidence indicates that routine imaging is not associated with clinically meaningful benefits but can lead to harms. Addressing inefficiencies in diagnostic testing could minimize potential harms to patients and have a large effect on use of resources by reducing both direct and… Expand

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Interventional Clinical Trial
The investigators will select two study groups from a population of patients with severe chronic low back pain (CLBP) of facet joint (FJ) origin already treated with conventional… Expand
ConditionsAberrant Neuronal Branching, Central Sensitisation, Facet Joint Pain, (+4 more)
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