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Low Back Pain, Adult Acute and Subacute

The 2017 revision of the Low Back Pain, Adult Acute and Subacute guideline is now open for public comment. We especially encourage ICSI members and sponsors to take this opportunity to read the draft guideline and provide feedback. The work group will review and consider comments before finalizing the document.

The deadline is 8 p.m. CT on November 26, 2017

Please click here to read the document.

Use this form to share your comments.

 

This Guideline is Currently under Revision

Revision Date: November 2017
sixteenth Edition

Guideline Summary

Scope and Target Population

Adult patients age 18 and over in primary care who have symptoms of low back pain or radiculopathy. The focus is on the acute (pain for up to 4 weeks) and subacute (pain for between 4 and 12 weeks) phases of low back pain. Chronic pain (after 12 weeks) is beyond the scope of this guideline.

Aims

  1. Decrease the percentage of adult patients with acute or subacute low back pain with or without radiculopathy who have imaging ordered for low back pain in the absence of "red flags" at the initial visit.
  2. Decrease the percentage of adult patients with acute or subacute low back pain with our without radiculopathy who are prescribed opioids.