Which clinical history findings are characteristic of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Patients generally present with a history of an inciting event that produced immediate low back pain (LBP). The most commonly reported histories include the following:

  • Lifting and/or twisting while holding a heavy object (eg, box, child, nursing home resident, a package on a conveyor)

  • Operating a machine that vibrates

  • Prolonged sitting (eg, long-distance truck driving, police patrolling) [12]

  • Involvement in a motor vehicle collision

  • Falls

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