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The spine-tingling truth — guideline blindness among many physios who treat low back pain

Lauren Finestone

A study finds that many physios are unfamiliar with guidelines on treating low back pain and don't apply them in practice.

Clinical guidelines for managing low back pain recommend triaging people who present with low back pain into 3 groups — those with: underlying serious pathology — like infection or cancer features of specific low back pain — like radiculopathy or spinal stenosis, and non-specific low back pain. Why is this important? It’s important to be able to recognise these differences because how they’re treated will be...

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