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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 143-146

Management of spinal disorders by primary care providers in Saudi Arabia: Treatment options and referral patterns


1 Department of Orthopedics, King Khalid University Hospital; Department of Orthopedics, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11472, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Orthopedics, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11472, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Orthopedics, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh 11472, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Khalid Abdulrazzak Alsaleh
Department of Orthopedics, College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. Box 7805, Riyadh 11472
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-0521.171437

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Background: Primary care providers are responsible for providing initial diagnosis and treatment for most ailments. The management and referral patterns related to spinal disorders vary significantly. Aims: To assess primary care practitioners management of low back pain (LBP) including referral patterns. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess primary care practitioner's management of LBP and their awareness of the options, risks, and outcomes of spine surgery. Results: Eighty respondents completed the questionnaire. There was significant heterogeneity concerning their management of LBP. Their views of the options, outcomes, and risks of spinal surgery were not consistent with the available medical literature. Conclusion: Variability in referral patterns is influenced by both lack of implementation of clinical practice guidelines and lack of awareness of spine surgery risks and outcomes among some practitioners in the primary care setting.


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