What are the guidelines definitions of types of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Evidence-based clinical practices on selected rehabilitation interventions for low back pain (LBP) have focused on the timing of interventions.

  • Acute LBP is defined as pain that does not radiate below the knees with current symptoms that have been present 4-6 weeks or less.

  • Subacute LBP is defined as pain that does not radiate below the knees with current symptoms that have been present 4-12 weeks from onset.

  • Chronic LBP is defined as pain that does not radiate below the knees with current symptoms that have been present greater than 12 weeks.


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