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2022 Dec 24

Musculoskelet Sci Pract

Neuropathic pain questionnaires for back pain, what do we know?


Baranidharan G, Bretherton B, Comer C, Duarte R, Cromie K
Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2022 Dec 24:102714.
PMID: 36610828.


Low back pain is a global public health concern, with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 84%. Axial low back pain refers to pain confined to an area in the low back and is different to radicular pain which radiates to extremities. Axial low back pain has traditionally been considered as nociceptive. However, research suggests it may have neuropathic components. Neuropathic axial low back pain is an unresolved, hotly contested topic due to controversies surrounding its aetiology, diagnosis, clinical course, prognosis and treatment options.