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|Title:||Initial Approach To Patients With Acute Lower Back Pain|
|Abstract:||Low back pain is in one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care in emergency care units, and also the second most common cause of work absenteeism. The recognition of red flags for serious diseases such as tumors and fractures, through proper history-taking and clinical examination, is essential for proper treatment and to rule out differential diagnoses. In the absence of suspected severe underlying disease, subsidiary radiological examinations are unnecessary. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs are the treatment of choice and can be cautiously associated with muscle relaxants and opioids in more severe cases. Most patients will have complete improvement of symptoms after a few months, but a minority can develop chronic low back pain or present with recurrent episodes. The proper understanding of all of the above can optimize results and avoid diagnostic and therapeutic errors.|
|Subject:||Low Back Pain|
|Editor:||AssociaÃ§Ã£o MÃ©dica Brasileira|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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