Diagnosis of pain syndromes of the spine

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Accurate diagnosis of the etiology of pain syndromes of the spine requires not only a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiologic processes that affect this structure but also a true empathy for the patient's complaint. Pain is a warning, and the patient who complains of pain really does have the symptom. The burden rests with the physician to determine the source of the pain. A patient should never be dismissed from care because of the physician's inability to diagnose the source of the complaint. Diagnosis is very much an art in medicine, and with accurate diagnosis of pain syndromes of the spine, a much higher quality of patient care in spinal disorders can be obtained with existing treatment modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-248
Number of pages16
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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