Low Back Pain And Imaging


  • get a feeling for the patient's take on their imaging results
  • are they really worried about it? Is it all they can focus on?
  • if every other word out of their mouth is a "d" bomb - you should point out the results of this study
  • make sure to uses soft terms like
    • the kisses of time
    • wrinkles on the inside


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Nakashima, H., Yukawa, Y., Suda, K., Yamagata, M., Ueta, T., & Kato, F. (2015). Abnormal findings on magnetic resonance images of the cervical spines in 1211 asymptomatic subjects. Spine, 40(6), 392-398.