Low Back Pain

Jinny O. Tavee*, Kerry H. Levin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: This article provides an overview of evaluating and treating low back pain in the outpatient setting. Recent Findings: As most cases of acute low back pain have a favorable prognosis, current guidelines on imaging studies recommend conservative treatment for 6 weeks prior to obtaining an MRI if no red flags are present. Of these red flags, a prior history of cancer is the strongest risk factor for a malignant etiology and requires urgent evaluation with MRI. Management of acute low back pain is mainly conservative with oral non-narcotic analgesics and mobilization as the initial recommendations. For patients with radiculopathy, epidural steroids may result in short-term pain relief, but long-term effects are still unclear. Summary: A systematic, evidence-based approach to the patient with low back pain is key to providing safe and cost-efficient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-486
Number of pages20
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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