RICHARD C. GARDNER, M.D.
To the editor: Intervertebral disk disease is one of the commonest disorders of man. Although the chronic trauma of the erect position has been implicated in the cause, the disease is also common in four-legged animals such as the dachshund and bassett hound. The patients often complain more about pain when sitting than when standing erect.
The straight leg-raising test and its modifications have been used for many years in diagnosis of lower spinal disease, but they have many shortcomings. They are often positive in individuals with functional back disease such as neurotics and those with compensation syndromes. Because of
GARDNER RC. New Test for Intervertebral Disk Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;75:480–481. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-3-480
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(3):480-481.
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