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Back Pain: Acute Low Back Pain in Adults



Term: 2010
Published: October 3, 2012
Revised: February 21, 2014

Acute low back pain occurs in about 80% of adults.  Acute low back pain is the second most common symptomatic reason for office visits to primary care physicians.  Recurrence is common: with 60-80% of patients experiencing reoccurrence within two years.  A great majority of persons with non-radiating low back pain will have symptoms resolved within 6 weeks. Half of all persons with radiating back pain recover spontaneously within 6 weeks.  As time passes without resolution, the prognosis worsens.  This self-study activity provides practical guidance to clinicians with key aspects of care.

About the Creators

Team Leader
Anthony Chiodo, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Team Members

David Alvarez, DO
Family Medicine
Gregory Graziano, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Andrew Haig, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Van Harrison, PhD
Medical Education
Paul Park, MD
Connie Standiford, MD
General Internal Medicine

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