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Sex and Race Differences in Pain Sensitization among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain (CLBP), one of the most common complaints seen by physicians, is a primary cause of disability in the United States and is associated with between $100 and $200 billion in annual costs.1,8,43,63,72 Although some patients with CLBP may have identifiable etiologies, for many there are no discernable mechanisms to account for their pain and dysfunction.9 There is growing evidence that like other chronic pain conditions, idiopathic CLBP involves changes in the central nervous system that result in pain augmentation.

Sex and Race Differences in Pain Sensitization among Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

Orginally Published At: Pain Journal

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