133926 - Low back pain Small group meeting
- : Online
This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides practices with a clinical update and an opportunity for interactive discussion with peers regarding quality use of imaging and optimising management in their patients with low back pain. The activity emphasises the importance of applying a risk stratification approach with a focus on psychosocial assessment, to identify risk factors for poor prognosis and deciding on targeted interventions for their condition. GPs are encouraged to reinforce the central role of staying active in the management of low back pain. Data from the NPS MedicineInsight program will be provided to help GPs and practice staff draw insights from current practice.Relevance to General Practice
Low back pain is the leading cause for individuals to leave the work force, lose productive life years and depend on the welfare system, being responsible for the third highest cause of burden of disease in Australia.
Most low pain back is non-specific and self-limiting with most cases resolving within a few weeks. Imaging has no role in patients with non-specific low back pain, but may be considered to investigate serious pathologies if suspected clinically. Imaging does not change management options for patients with non-specific low back pain and is associated with significant harms.
This educational visit will provide an opportunity for GPs to improve their management of non- specific low back pain without the use of imaging and how to address patient expectations. The activity will identify the importance of psychosocial assessment to help reduce risk of developing chronic low back pain.