Evaluation and treatment of acute low back pain.

  title={Evaluation and treatment of acute low back pain.},
  author={Scott Kinkade},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={75 8},
Acute low back pain with or without sciatica usually is self-limited and has no serious underlying pathology. For most patients, reassurance, pain medications, and advice to stay active are sufficient. A more thorough evaluation is required in selected patients with "red flag" findings associated with an increased risk of cauda equina syndrome, cancer, infection, or fracture. These patients also require closer follow-up and, in some cases, urgent referral to a surgeon. In patients with… CONTINUE READING
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