By far the most common forms of chronic pain and recurring pain are back pain, especially low back pain (LBP), and headaches (HA). Although both can be a symptom of underlying pathology including potentially life-threatening diseases, in the majority of patients the exact cause remains unknown and in some cases therapies applied to alleviate the pain may end up exacerbating it.
When is a work up worth it?
For both LBP and HA there are “red flag” signs and symptoms that warn of an underlying pathology as a potential cause of pain and for which further work-up is indicated. Solutions to the underlying causes are in many cases not simple, but there are treatments primary care physicians can provide that may provide some relief.
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