Back pain and regional disorders

Simon Carette and Carlo Ammendolia

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Back pain and regional disorders

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Over 70% of people in industrialized countries suffer from low back pain at some time, and it is one of the leading reasons for visits to physicians. Risk factors include heavy physical work, smoking, stress, depression, and job dissatisfaction. In more than 90% of cases the exact anatomical source of back pain cannot be determined, and the preferred diagnostic label is ‘nonspecific low back pain’....

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Subjects: Rheumatology ; Pain Medicine

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