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141990 - Taking action for acute low back pain - National Case Study

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This online interactive case study provides a clinical update on quality use of imaging and managing patients with low back pain. The activity emphasises the importance of using a risk stratification approach to identify risk factors for poor prognosis and inform selection of targeted and tailored interventions. It also includes resources to facilitate patient conversations on the importance of staying active during recovery.

Relevance to General Practice

Acute low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a leading contributor to the burden of disease in Australia. 

Most low pain back is 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. Unnecessary diagnostic imaging is associated with substantial harm and because non-specific low back pain does not have a known pathoanatomical cause, treatment focuses on reducing pain and its consequences. 

This interactive online case study will provide an opportunity for GPs to review their management of non-specific low back pain without imaging, with resources that can help address patient expectations around imaging. The activity will provide information on the importance of psychosocial assessment to help reduce risk of developing chronic low back pain. 

Learning outcomes
  • Use a risk stratification approach to identify risk factors for poor prognosis for patients with low back pain at the first or second consultation.
  • Identify the limited role of imaging for low back pain, except when an underlying serious condition is suspected.
  • Use a targeted history and physical examination to diagnose low back pain.
  • Outline the benefits of activity and the limited role of medicines in managing low back pain.
  • Delivery
    Title
    141990 - Taking action for acute low back pain - National Case Study
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    01-Oct-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD
    1 hour
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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