[Chronic low back pain as a somatoform pain disorder]

Orthopade. 2008 Apr;37(4):280-4. doi: 10.1007/s00132-008-1224-6.
[Article in German]


Chronic low back pain as a leading symptom of a somatoform pain disorder is a remnant diagnostic category for many physicians, general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons. Patients with somatoform pain disorder (ICD-10: F45.4) are often not diagnosed until after several years and multiple diagnostic procedures, in some cases after iatrogenic impairment. A more precise knowledge of the disorder can prevent chronification. This article outlines the clinical features, diagnostic procedure and differential diagnosis in somatoform pain patients and presents current psychotherapeutic approaches.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Low Back Pain / psychology
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Somatoform Disorders / rehabilitation*