Looking Back on Back Pain: Trial and Error of Diagnoses in the 20th Century

@article{Lutz2003LookingBO,
  title={Looking Back on Back Pain: Trial and Error of Diagnoses in the 20th Century},
  author={G. Lutz and M. Butzlaff and U. Schultz-Venrath},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2003},
  volume={28},
  pages={1899-1905}
}
Context. The societal costs of low back pain and associated disability are immense. However, very little is known about the etiology of low back pain. Lumbar disc disease was discovered in the last century and became the predominant etiology for back pain. Today we know that for the majority of low back pain cases, a specific etiology cannot be determined. Objective. To analyze the evolution of the “disc paradigm” and to compare our contemporary understanding to the scientific discussion in the… Expand
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