Acute low back pain

Emily Y. Wong, Richard A. Deyo

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Low back pain is the most commonly encountered musculoskeletal condition in the primary care setting. It can be frustrating to treat because diagnosis is often vague, potential interventions are numerous, and patients often have firm treatment expectations. A rational approach to initial management is described. Spontaneous resolution occurs within 2 to 6 weeks in 85% of cases, but recurrences are common. Careful history and directed examination identifies red flags and informs clinical decision-making regarding the need for more complex diagnostic testing. Multiple conventional and complementary physical medicine options are available for symptom management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalPrimary Care Update for Ob/Gyns
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 15 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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