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Low Back Pain and Headache Pain: Practice Update

Low Back Pain and Headache Pain: Practice Update

 

SPECIAL REPORT

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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