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117986 - Low Back Pain- An inter-disciplinary approach to managing low back pain: a case study involving lifting at work

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A case study discussion to provide an update for GP’s on assessment, diagnosis, and management of lower back pain- a case study involving lifting at work

Relevance to General Practice

Low back pain is a common and costly condition in Australia. Approximately 25% of Australians suffer from low back pain and about half of those seek care. In the past 20 years there has been a substantial increase in research into back pain. Several countries including Australia have produced clinical practice guidelines for the management of low back pain in primary care. Patients with non-specific low back pain of less than six weeks duration and without red flags should not routinely be sent for imaging or pathology tests. However, in Australian primary care about one quarter of patients with acute back pain are sent for imaging and 5% are sent for pathology, suggesting the need for improved training. Education in the effective management at the general practice level can help limit pain, maximise function and optimise quality of life.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the main differential diagnosis to consider when assessing lower back pain
  • Outline the key componants of a comprehensive medication plan, including management of flares
  • Discuss a systematic approach for assessment of an appropriate candidate for surgery
  • Delivery
    Title
    117986 - Low Back Pain- An inter-disciplinary approach to managing low back pain: a case study involving lifting at work
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    30-Jan-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD
    1 hour
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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