The manifestation of back pain and neuropathy is complex and varies in individual patients. This chapter serves as a guide for the clinician when evaluating patients with such symptoms. The patient's history, physical examination, and diagnostic tools discussed will help the clinician identify the cause of the pain or neurological deficit, distinguish referred from local symptoms, and differentiate a neuropathy from pain of musculosketal origin. Treatment can be initiated after a thorough clinical evaluation.
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