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117995 - Low Back Pain- An inter-disciplinary approach to managing low back pain: a case study involving sciatica in an office worker

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A case study discussion to provide an update for GP’s on assessment, diagnosis, and management of radiculopathy

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.1 Approximately 5% of cases seen in primary care have an associated radiculopathy. This is diagnosed by the presence of reduced power, reflexes and sensation in the distribution of the involved spinal nerve. 

Management of sciatica varies considerably. Patients are commonly treated in primary care but a small proportion is referred to secondary care and may eventually undergo surgery if complaints remain present for at least 6 weeks. 

Effective management at the general practice level can help limit pain, maximise function and optimise quality of life.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the difference between radicular and nociceptive back pain
  • Outline the differential diagnoses of foot drop
  • Discuss a systematic approach for referral for surgery
  • Delivery
    Title
    117995 - Low Back Pain- An inter-disciplinary approach to managing low back pain: a case study involving sciatica in an office worker
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    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    0.5 hour
    Start Date
    30-Jan-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD
    0.5 hour
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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