Occupational low back pain: history and physical examination

Occup Med. 1998 Jan-Mar;13(1):61-81.


While treatment failures in low back pain often are considered to result from patient psychological factors, they may, in fact, be due to diagnostic and treatment errors. Issues related to the Workers' Compensation system can present challenges to clinicians managing workers with low back pain. An understanding of the nuances of the history and physical examination in the setting of workplace injury can ease these difficulties.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Medical History Taking*
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Physical Examination*