Care Pathway for the Management of Non-specific Low Back Pain

Including:

  • All injured adults with non-specific low back pain <6 months duration. See other care pathway for managing lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy. 

At initial contact, educate and reassure the patient that non-specific low back pain should resolve within a few months of symptom onset. Patients greatly improve their recovery by activity participating in their care.

No

No

No

Yes

Are symptoms ≤3 months?

Yes

Management of Symptoms

 

Based on shared decision making between the patient and provider, any one of the following therapeutic interventions is recommended:

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Yes

Yes

No

No

Discharge

Are symptoms >3 months?

Management of Symptoms

 

Based on shared decision making between the patient and provider, any one of the following therapeutic interventions is recommended:

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Discharge

Yes

No

No