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Anatomy and pathophysiology of back pain

Andrew Souter

in Back Pain

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Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609772
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199609772.003.0003

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Anatomy and pathophysiology of back pain

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• Many patients with back pain do not have the anatomical cause of their pain identified accurately • The anatomical components of the lumbosacral spine include bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and discs • A knowledge of anatomy in conjunction with the pattern of pain may guide the clinician to the anatomical site of pain • This may be further enhanced by radiology and targeted nerve blocks

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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