Diagnosis is the foundation on which all treatment is based, involving the investigation, critical analysis and identification of various causes of disease and distinguishing these conditions by name. Generally speaking, evidence-based diagnosis for low back pain (LBP) should address 3 fundamental questions: 1) Do the presenting symptoms reflect a visceral disorder or serious/life-threatening disease? 2) What is the source/location of the pain? 3) What has gone wrong with this person as a whole that may be causing the experienced pain?
 
Our current clinical knowledge is lacking in the area of practical tools that can incorporate available evidence to guide clinicians towards a working diagnosis and reasonable treatment plan for LBP. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to develop a practical diagnostic checklist and clinical exam for LBP, using the available scientific evidence. The authors present a pragmatic, office-based exam and diagnostic checklist and address practical considerations for how to value the working diagnoses and their relative strengths…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS REVIEW!
 
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Diagnostic Checklist & Examination for Low Back Pain”
 
This paper was published in JMPT (2019) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Low Back Pain, Clinical Testing & Procedures and the 2020 Archive.
 
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