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