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Diagnosing back pain

Tom Wells-Quinn

A step-by-step guide for best practice diagnosis of back pain

Take Home Messages: Following a structured stepwise pattern of investigation will improve diagnostic accuracy and reduce unnecessary investigations. Ruling out the possibility of a serious problem should be the clinician’s first priority. Use of flag system is likely to be helpful. History taking and the use of a flag can help identify or exclude serious disorders that should not be missed. Examination alone is unhelpful and unli...

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