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2022 Sep 15

Clin Neurol Neurosurg


The effectiveness of bone scintigraphy in the management of low back pain.


Akgun E, Akgun M Y
Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2022 Sep 15; 222:107440.
PMID: 36166994.


Back and low back pain have been reported as one of the leading causes of activity restriction. While degenerative changes in the spine are among the common causes of low back pain, zygapophyseal (facet) joint pain is seen as the most widely accepted cause of back pain. Standard imaging modalities may have low predictive value in detecting the source of back pain. Thanks to radionuclide bone scintigraphy, painful lesions can be distinguished from age-related changes, especially in patients with chronic low back pain. In this study, we aimed to retrospectively evaluate the clinical results of facet-induced low back pain, which was confirmed by bone scintigraphy, after facet injection treatment.