What are diagnostic strategies for low back pain (LBP) and sciatica that persists into the subacute phase?

Updated: Aug 22, 2018
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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When LBP and sciatica persist into the subacute phase (pain lasting 6-12 wk), appropriate consultation and diagnostic imaging should be considered. Referring the patient to a physician with expertise in spinal disorders may be the most appropriate procedure for initial evaluation as opposed to relying on expensive diagnostic testing.


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