Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 168-177

First online:

Neuropathic low back pain

  • Joseph F. AudetteAffiliated withDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Outpatient Pain Services, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • , Emmanuel Emenike
  • , Alec L. Meleger

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In this discussion, we hope to advance a clinical approach to low back pain that is more in line with our modern understanding of neuropathic pain. We review the current understanding of normal and pathologic neuroanatomy of the lumbar spine and then outline how pathology in the different structures can lead to neuropathic pain and cause common pain patterns seen in clinical practice. We also detail the available treatments for neuropathic low back pain.