Low back

Aaron Jay Yang, Nitin B. Jain

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Evaluation of low back pain can prove difficult at times and a nonspecific diagnosis may lead to poor treatment outcomes. Aside from detailed history and physical examination, neurologic and vascular examination are important components that may help to rule out more serious causes of low back pain such as myelopathy or abdominal aortic aneurysm. Low back pain with leg pain may be secondary to a herniated intervertebral disc compressing on a nerve root. Careful examination will allow for an accurate diagnosis and a focused treatment plan including a specific approach with interventional procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPain Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationAn Essential Review
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319431338
ISBN (Print)9783319431314
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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