Rational evaluation and management of the patient with spinal pain

Donlin M. Long

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Low back pain is a common adult complaint throughout the developed world. The majority of acute low back pain episodes will relent spontaneously. Evaluation is not needed immediately if there are no red flags. A small number of patients with acute disk herniation will require surgery based upon severity of pain and real or impending neurological deficits. Many can be relieved of radicular pain by perineural steroid injection and/or a short course of oral steroids. Rapid mobilization and return to function are helpful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Concepts in Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783662477564
ISBN (Print)9783662477557
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Blocks
  • Herniation
  • Low back pain
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Sciatica
  • Steroids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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