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December 2, 1933


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JAMA. 1933;101(23):1778-1783. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480010003

Traumatic backache, although not an ideally scientific term, describes clinically a condition familiar to every orthopedic surgeon. A great many articles have been written about backache, but much of the literature is of a general nature without particular regard to specific points of diagnosis and treatment. Since it has been found that a high percentage of these traumatic backs recover under a definite yet simple although perhaps not an original method of handling, it would seem worth while to make this report.

In traumatic back injuries, wherein the predominating symptom is that of pain, there may be a division into three or possibly four classes:

First, those occurring from traumatism on top of a preexisting arthritis of the spine and pelvis.

Second, those due to traumatism of the soft parts of the back, such as muscle, tendon, ligamentous or periosteal tissue.

Third, cases with a predisposition to injury due to