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Arthridities - The Comparison of Radiographic Abnormalities with Symptoms in Bone and Joint Disease.
NIOSH 1979 Jun:116-119
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.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Medical-examinations; Radiology; Arthritis; Bone-disorders; Chronic-trauma;
Low Back Disorders; Disease and Injury; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
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