The authors are well qualified to write about this topic: Bogduk is Professor of Pain Medicine at Royal Newcastle Hospital and McGuirk is a specialist in musculoskeletal and occupational medicine for the Hunter Area Health Service. They seek to redress many of the common misconceptions about low back pain by presenting an approach to diagnosis and management firmly supported by the evidence. Many readers may be surprised to hear that the evidence base for low back pain is stronger than that for most other common conditions, but that this evidence gives little support for the traditional orthopaedic approach. The evidence is presented with great clarity and links very logically with the algorithms for diagnosis and management. These algorithms gravitate towards precision diagnosis and treatment of the anatomical sources of back pain when conservative therapy has failed.
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