Published online Nov 12, 2014. doi: 10.5499/wjr.v4.i3.54
Revised: September 28, 2014
Accepted: October 14, 2014
Published online: November 12, 2014
Core tip: Neuropathic component of chronic low back pain has often been under-recognized and under-treated by the physicians. Recent studies have demonstrated that approximately 20%-55% of chronic low back pain patients have neuropathic pain symptoms. The clinical examination including bedside sensory tests is still the best available tool for assessment and diagnosis neuropathic pain among patients with chronic low back pain. Combination therapy including drugs with different mechanisms of action should be given to the patients with chronic low back pain.