Persistent Back Pain and Sciatica in the United States: Patient Characteristics

  title={Persistent Back Pain and Sciatica in the United States: Patient Characteristics},
  author={Donlin M. Long and Mohammed Bendebba and Warren S. Torgerson and Robert J Boyd and Edgar G. Dawson and Russell W Hardy and James T. Robertson and George W Sypert and Clark Watts},
  journal={Journal of spinal disorders},
  volume={9 1},
Low back pain is an extremely common, seriously disabling, nonfatal public health problem worldwide. The National Low Back Pain Study was a multicenter study of a large, heterogeneous group of patients who have been referred to either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon for the evaluation and treatment of a persistent complaint of low back pain. In this paper, we characterize persistent low back pain patients and their complaints, describe the impact of persistent low back pain on the… CONTINUE READING


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