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Low Back Pain

Care for Adults With Acute Low Back Pain


This quality standard addresses care for those 16 years of age and older with acute low back pain, with or without leg symptoms. It examines the assessment, diagnosis, and management of people with this condition by health care professionals across all health care settings, with a focus on primary care.

This quality standard provides guidance on reducing unnecessary diagnostic imaging, encouraging physical activity, providing education, giving reassurance, assisting with self-management support, prescribing pharmacological therapies, and suggesting additional nonpharmacological therapies.

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