Z Arztl Fortbild (Jena). 1997 Jan; 90(8): 677-85.
[Backache--orthopedic diagnosis and special therapeutic possibilities]
Orthopädische Klinik des Krankenhauses Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Städtisches Klinikum und Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus, Technischen Universität Dresden.
Back pain is a wide-spread complaint in modern society and in part an adverse effect resulting from present-day lifestyles. To date, too little attention has been drawn to efficient prevention. The treatment of patients affected with back pain today calls for an in-depth pathophysiological knowledge about the mechanism occurring on the spine. Diagnostic methods and non-operative treatment have been complemented specifically by chirotherapeutic methods. A systematic classification of the vertebragenous pain syndromes and the related treatment strategies have proven to be successful. Irrespectively of that, the individuality of diagnosis and the complaint's progress in each patient should be taken into account at all events. Cost-intensive diagnostic imaging should only be undertaken with a clear indication. Today, the overwhelming majority of back pain patients undergo a non-operative treatment. In case the conservative applications prove inefficient, it is possible to successfully operate on patients a with disc prolaps, degenerative instabilities as well as osseous spinal foraminal stenoses. A precondition is a precise causal diagnosis and a clear indication for operative intervention.