Proper History and Physical Are Keys to Low Back Pain Dx
Finn, Robert, Clinical Psychiatry News
SAN FRANCISCO -- A careful history and physical exam, without the need for lab tests or radiography, can help identify any red flags in patients presenting with low back pain, Dr. David Borenstein said at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians.
The history can distinguish mechanical from systemic disorders, and the physical exam can distinguish neurologic from nonneurologic conditions, said Dr. Borenstein of George Washington University, Washington.
"Laboratory tests are notably inconsequential," he said. "When you're taking your history and you don't think they have one of these systemic illnesses, you really don't have to do laboratory tests on …
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Publication information: Article title: Proper History and Physical Are Keys to Low Back Pain Dx. Contributors: Finn, Robert - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 34. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 2006. Page number: 66. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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