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Spinal pain 

Spinal pain
Spinal pain
Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology (4 ed.)

Karl Gaffney

and Louise Hamilton

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Spinal pain is a very common complaint, and one which rheumatologists must be confident in managing. While most cases are non-specific and self-limiting it is important not to miss the small proportion of patients with pain caused by inflammation, infection, or infiltration. A thorough history is of key importance in this respect, and the approach to the patient with back pain is discussed including physical examination and the value of targeting investigations. The management of common and important causes of back pain is outlined.

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