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Diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with chronic low back pain

Practice guidelines - Posted on Dec 01 2000

Chronic low back pain is defined as habitual pain in the lumbar region which has been present for more than three months.
These guidelines concern chronic uncomplicated low back pain. They exclude the diagnosis and management of secondary low back pain caused by chronic inflammatory disease, trauma, tumour or infection. The topics of the guidelines are:

  1. diagnosis
  2. medical treatment (systemic and local administration)
  3. non-medical treatment
  4. follow-up

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