What diagnostic tests are useful for low back pain?

  title={What diagnostic tests are useful for low back pain?},
  author={Jon D N Lurie},
  journal={Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology},
  volume={19 4},
  • Jon D N Lurie
  • Published 2005 in Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology
Low back pain (LBP) is a common problem that poses some interesting and difficult diagnostic problems. It is typically benign and self-limited, but it is occasionally the presenting symptom of serious systemic disease. The general diagnostic approach to low back pain is to check for 'red flags' in the history and physical that suggest the presence of malignancy, infection or spondyloarthridites, and for neurological compromise that could indicate that surgery is required (cauda equina syndrome… CONTINUE READING
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