The Backache Blues: How to Satisfy Patients With This Ordinary – and Elusive – Complaint


Among the most common reasons for seeking medical care , low back pain is best addressed when primary care and specialty providers work collaboratively. To help end the cycle in which patients go from one potential solution to another without finding relief, physical medicine specialist Patricia Zheng, MD, breaks down the evidence to illuminate which signs indicate the need for referral, whether imaging studies actually help, and techniques to meet patients’ immediate and longer-term needs.


June 4, 2021

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UCSF MedConnection

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Patricia Zheng, MD

Patricia Zheng, MD

Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Spine

Dr. Patricia Zheng is a board-certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) focused on providing non-operative care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. As a Physiatrist, she specializes in diagnostic ...

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