Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with mechanical back pain?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: Debra G Perina, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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ED consultation with a specialist is necessary for patients who present with acute cauda equina syndrome, demonstrate intractable pain, or have evidence of a serious etiology (eg, epidural abscess, hematoma, or tumor), or where a social situation makes hospitalization necessary.

Whether orthopedic or neurosurgical consultation is chosen depends on local custom and resources.

Other medical consultation may be needed if the cause of back pain is not mechanical.


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