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Are physical symptoms and physical disorders the same?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology

Physical symptoms and physical disorders (i.e. medical disorders where the etiology [cause] is established) are not equivalent. Many patients with physical symptoms, such as back pain, do not have a medical disorder, such as osteoarthritis, which would account for the presence and/or severity of the symptom. Many patients with medical disorders have no symptoms; for example, the patient with osteoarthritis seen on x-ray may have no back pain at all.

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