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Table 2 Selective Indications for Radiography in Acute Low Back Pain [18]

From: The appropriate use of radiography in clinical practice: a report of two cases of biomechanical versus malignant spine pain

Age > 50

Significant trauma (fall from more than 10 feet)

Progressive neuro-motor deficits

Unexplained weight loss (10 lb in six months)

Suspicion of ankylosing spondylitis

Drug or alcohol abuse

History of malignancy

Use of corticosteroids


Recent visit (within 1 month) for same problem with no improvement

Patient seeking compensation for back pain(work-related injury)