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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)