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Evaluating and managing low back pain in primary care

Pfieffer, Mary Lauren DNP, FNP-BC, CPN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000574664.42110.77
Feature: LUMBAR PAIN MANAGEMENT
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Abstract: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most frequent patient complaints in primary care. Common LBP diagnoses include nonspecific LBP, radicular pain, lumbar-disk herniation, spinal infection, and ankylosing spondylitis. A thorough history and physical exam are imperative. LBP treatment is multifactorial and blends pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most frequent patient complaints in primary care. Common LBP diagnoses include nonspecific LBP, radicular pain, lumbar-disk herniation, spinal infection, and ankylosing spondylitis. A thorough history and physical exam are imperative. LBP treatment is multifactorial and blends pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Mary Lauren Pfieffer is an instructor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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