Low back pain is a symptom associated with over 60 distinct illnesses. An organized approach to the history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and radiographic techniques is essential in utilizing appropriate patient and physician resources to obtain the best outcome. The algorithmic approach to low back pain presented in this seminar applies information from evidence-based medical literature to the practical problems rheumatologists confront on a daily basis in evaluating and treating low back pain patients. The seminar relies on patient vignettes to demonstrate the process in action.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- recognize the appropriate use of diagnostic tests in the evaluation of low back pain
- review effective therapies for low back pain
- identify the clinical situations where referral for surgical intervention is appropriate for low back and radicular pain
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