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Arthridities - The Comparison of Radiographic Abnormalities with Symptoms in Bone and Joint Disease.

Authors
Gall-EP
Source
NIOSH 1979 Jun:116-119
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091709
Abstract
The difficulties and techniques of diagnosing low back pain are discussed, emphasizing the use of radiography. The need for a careful history and complete medical examination before radiography can be useful is stressed. Several studies are cited to illustrate the frequent incidence of spinal abnormalities identified by x-rays, even in populations with no reported symptoms. The author considers the practice of screening x-rays to identify potential back problems in prospective employees unjustifiable. He concludes that radiography is a useful diagnostic tool, but should be used only as a supplementary method of evaluation, and not as a way to predict disability. Further study is recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Medical-examinations; Radiology; Arthritis; Bone-disorders; Chronic-trauma;
Publication Date
19790601
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-210-78-0053
NIOSH Division
DTS;
Priority Area
Low Back Disorders; Disease and Injury; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders;
Source Name
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
AZ; OH;
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