Low back pain (LBP) is the fifth most common reason for patients to see a clinician. It accounts for about $26 billion in annual medical costs in the U.S. and affects up to 80 percent of the working population during their lifetime. While the majority of individuals with an episode of acute LBP improve and return to work within two weeks, 30 to 60 percent will likely suffer a recurrence within a year. If the pain becomes chronic, the patient often "shops" for relief from a broad number of treatment options.
A group of ICSI member clinicians and other experts incorporated a set of core care elements into an ACTIVE (Active Care Treating of Intense Low Back Pain Very Effectively) treatment approach. ACTIVE is meant to be used by all types of clinicians caring for patients with acute or subacute LBP, and is built on the evidence-based premise that conservative care must be the first approach for any clinician and the first experience of the patient.
This members-only toolkit will help you deliver ACTIVE care for low back pain and offers resources to successfully manage low back pain appropriately.