The diagnosis of low back pain (LBP) is complex and multifactorial, and a clear etiology responsible for the symptoms is often not detectable. Clinical history and neurological examination are essential for differential diagnosis, because they allow the identification of the specific pathology. The radiological investigation allows to confirm diagnosis, but the indication must always be correlated with clinical findings to not perform unnecessary diagnostic procedures. Management of LBP can involve many specialists - neurosurgeon, orthopedist, physiatrist, physiotherapist - everyone with different knowledge and experience because very often the cause is multifactorial. However, it is mandatory to clarify diagnosis of LBP; in this way, the clinical pathway is fundamental to understand pathogenesis and to determine appropriate treatment.
Keywords: Clinical diagnosis, Low back pain, Lumbar spine pathology, Neurological tests, Physical exam.
How to cite this article: Landi A, Grasso G, Colistra D, Ambrosone A, Delfini R. Clinical Assessment of Low Back Pain: A Neurosurgical Point of View. Int J Recent Surg Med Sci 2016;2(2):55-57.
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