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dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorZacest, Aen_US
dc.description.abstractIn developed countries, low back pain is the most common presenting symptom in primary care practice, with a lifetime prevalence of 80% for episodes of back pain.1 It affects adolescent sportsmen, pregnant women, hospital nurses and middle-aged labourers, and it peaks in the elderly.1 Back pain disrupts the rhythm of daily life, affecting work, recreation, social life and family income. The level of disability has a significant cost to the community. There is an encyclopaedic range of medical and alternative treatments for low back pain. Most have, at best, limited benefits.2 Disappointed patients resort to nerve blocks and ablative rhizotomies which also have limited evidence for long-term benefits.3 Armed with mobile phones, consumed with social media, and with rapid access to online information, our patients present with high expectations of modern technology, including surgery. With outstanding results from hip and knee arthroplasties, they expect similar results from spinal surgery. Not uncommonly, the patient attends the surgical consultation with an expectation that the problem can be fixed.en_US
dc.subjectSurgical managementen_US
dc.subjectLower backen_US
dc.subjectMusculoskeletal painen_US
dc.subjectChronic Painen_US
dc.titleSurgical management of low back painen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journaltitleMedical Journal of Australiaen_US
dc.description.affiliatesWesley Pain and Spine Centreen_US
dc.description.affiliatesDepartment of Neurosurgery, Royal Adelaide Hospitalen_US
dc.type.studyortrialCase Control Studiesen_US
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