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

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The presence of a risk factor for serious pathologies (also known as red flags) identified during the history and examination warrants further investigation and referral to the appropriate healthcare professional.

Conduct ongoing assessments for symptom improvement or progression during the intervention and refer accordingly.

After additional assessment, and serious pathology has been ruled out, continue to care pathway.

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