A new sign of inappropriate lower back pain
The treatment of lower back pain constitutes a major problem for orthopaedic surgeons. Identifying the patients who have a non-organic component to their lower back pain is often difficult. Waddell et al. (Waddell G, McCulloch HA, Kummel E, Venner RM. Non-organic physical signs in low-back pain. Spine 1980; 5: 117-25) devised a set of five physical signs to assist in determining this. These signs are time consuming and can be difficult to interpret. We have developed a sign that is simple, quick and easy to perform. In a set of 94 patients, we have compared our sign with Waddell's signs. Our sign has a highly significant correlation with Waddell's signs (chi2 = 55.093, P < 0.001), and thus we would suggest it as an accurate alternative to Waddell's signs.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2002 The Royal College of Surgeons of England|
|Deposited On:||27 Nov 2006|
|Last Modified:||10 Aug 2011 17:47|
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