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Lee: Interventional Treatment of Low Back Pain

Abstract

Low back pain remains one of the biggest resource-consuming problems in medicine. At least 40% of the US population at one time or another will utilize medical resources for the treatment of low back pain. Multiple percutaneous and minimally invasive interventional techniques to treat moderate to severe back pain have recently been introduced, and they can be incorporated as part of the treatment planning or the diagnostic work-up process based on the response to them. When conventional treatment fails to provide satisfactory pain reduction and improvement of the quality of life, interventional techniques can be considered. Before starting any interventional treatment, a working diagnosis needs to be developed based on the patients' history, physical examination findings, and a review of objective studies. A careful selection of patients may significantly improve the success rate of these procedures.

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