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Specific and nonspecific low back pain—mind the gap and its impact in clinical practice: opinion of a recovering interventional spine physiatrist

  • Mustafa Farooque
    Corresponding author. Back & Spine Program, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, 2901 W Kinnickinnic River Pkwy, Suite 310, Milwaukee, WI 53215, USA. Tel.: (414) 649-3300; fax: (414) 649-7012.
    Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 750 Highland Ave. Madison, WI 53705, USA

    Back & Spine Program, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, 2901 W Kinnickinnic River Pkwy, Suite 310, Milwaukee, WI 53215, USA
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      Years ago, at a spine conference, I came across one of the authors of several landmark studies on the causes of low back pain (LBP) published in the mid-90s. During the coffee break, I casually asked the author's opinion on how often we could identify a pain generator in LBP with certainty. The answer was, “in about half of the cases.” We face this challenge every time we encounter a patient with LBP. Our patients often ask us the same question, “Doc, what is causing my back pain?”



      LBP (Low back pain), NSLBP (Nonspecific low back pain), SIJ (Sacroiliac joint), IDD (Internal disc disruption), RFA (Radiofrequency ablation), APS (American Pain Society), NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), CLBP (Chronic low back pain)
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