Over the last 20 years we have seen a huge change in the way we use imaging when managing lower back pain (LBP)
Imaging was once a routine part of diagnosing a patient with LBP. As research has progressed it has concluded with great rigor that imaging is only useful for patients for whom conditions such as cancer, infection, fracture or severe neurological deficits are suspected.
90-95% of low back pain has no serious cause and so should be managed conservatively through education, pain management, reassurance, exercise and physical therapy.
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