NASS publishes guidelines for diagnosis, treatment of lumbar pain


The North American Spine Society on Jan. 29 released guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain in adult patients.

The publication is titled "Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Spine Care: Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain." 

It contains 82 clinical questions surrounding diagnosis and treatment of low back pain.

NASS suggests the guidelines be used as an educational tool to help practitioners who treat adult patients with non-specific low back pain above the knee.

"It's important to understand the inclusion and exclusion criteria for this guideline in order to correctly interpret the recommendations," said Paul Matz, MD, neurosurgeon and co-chair of the Evidence-Based Guideline Development Committee.

"This guideline is focused on a subset of low back pain care as opposed to low back pain in its entirety." 

Read it in full here.

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