Category Archives: Musculoskeletal

MRI for nerve root compression/sciatica?

Latest guidelines from our local hospital have some useful pointers for when to refer for MRI and when not to: Radicular thoracic pain should be referred for MRI. Sciatica, however, probably not – if <6/52 then wait and see, and … Continue reading

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Back pain

Red flags for cauda equina compression syndrome Saddle or genital anaesthesia or altered sensation (and, after almost getting horribly caught out once, I will at least now remember forever after that THIS MAY PRESENT UNILATERALLY) Altered bladder, bowel, or sexual … Continue reading

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Walking programme for back pain

Prescriber cites an interesting study on the use of a walking programme for back pain: Pain 2015; 156(1): 131 – 47. In this RCT, the use of a walking programme, usual tailored physical therapy, and a weekly group exercise class, … Continue reading

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