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The paper describes the current views of the development of back pain and management tactics in patients with this pain that is periodically observed in almost everyone. Back pain may be induced by changes in the vertebral column, diseases of muscles, involvement of the roots and peripheral nerves, pathology of thoracic, abdominal, and small pelvic viscera, and psychogenic disorders. Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common causes of back pain. The mechanisms of development of back pain are presently the subject of active investigations. Back pain is indubitably a multidisciplinary problem, which is especially confirmed by the fact that there are different approaches to revealing the source of pain and there is a great deal of treatments for this condition. Unlike chronic pain, acute musculoskeletal pain in the back is a benign and generally self-limited condition. To set off nonspecific back pain, i.e. pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders without signs of involvement of cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral roots and specific spinal lesions (spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis, tumors, inflammatory spondyloarthropathies, etc.) is convenient and warranted in most cases when a patient with acute back pain is examined by a general practitioner. The paper gives the data of the current guidelines for the management of patients with nonspecific back pain

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E. V. Podchufarova
I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy
Russian Federation


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Podchufarova E.V. BACK PAIN AND ITS TREATMENT. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2009;1(2):29-36. (In Russ.)

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