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Back Pain: Management & Controversies

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Author(s): Dr Surendra Bhutra

Journal: Indian Anaesthetists' Forum
ISSN 0973-0311

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2001;
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Keywords: Back Pain | Controversies

ABSTRACT
Back pain is the second most frequent chronic pain problem, just after headache, as a reason for patients to seek medical help. Suffering from back pain ranges from transient discomfort to frank incapacitation. Approximately 80% of the adult population will suffer from pain related to the lower back during their lifetime. The Agency for Health Care Policy (AHCPR) document states that 90% of patients with acute back pain are better in about one month (spontaneous recovery), but more than half who recover from a first episode of acute pain will have another episode within a few years.
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