Pain one week after an emergency department visit for acute low back pain is associated with poor three-month outcomes
Researchers investigated the efficacy of three variables [1) the STarT Back Screening Tool score; 2) the patient's own anticipated duration of low back pain (LBP); 3) presence of pain 1 week after the Emergency Departments (EDs) visit], assessable shortly after symptom onset, in predicting poor 3-month outcomes among LBP patients who present to an ED. They noted functional impairment in more than one-third of patients 3 months after an ED visit for acute, nontraumatic, nonradicular LBP. In about half as many patients (16%), moderate or severe LBP was less commonly reported.
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