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 radiculopathyRelevance 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.