Low Back Pain Guideline & Supporting Resources

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Clinical Practice Guideline

Evidence-Informed Primary Care Management of Low Back Pain
(3rd edition, December 2015; minor revision July 2017)

Supporting Documents and Process Description

Resources and Tools

Clinical Resources

External Guidelines

The 3-Minute Primary Care Low Back Examination

This short, three-part film* was produced in 2004 by the University of Toronto's Division of Rheumatology, and the Institute for Work & Health. The 13-minute video features Dr. Simon Carette, Head, Division of Rheumatology, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital. The script was co-edited by Dr. Carette's colleague, Dr. Claire Bombardier.

Dr. Carette notes at the outset that this short film reviews the screening examination of a patient presenting with low back pain. He focuses on three key elements:

  1. Observing the patient from the time s/he enters the physician's office;
  2. Ensuring the patient is appropriately disrobed; and,
  3. Maintaining good verbal communications with the patient throughout the examination.

The whole video has been broken down by IHE, with the permission of its producers, into three sections to facilitate its storage and viewing on YouTube:

Download a description of the three-minute examination video (jpg format).

Low Back Pain Companion Document

This document was created to help clinicians provide more detailed explanations to those patients seeking information on lumbar spine interventional radiology procedures.

Patient Resources

Low Back Pain Instructional YouTube Videos

As part of its work on the Alberta Ambassador Guideline Adaptation Program, IHE teamed up with Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions to produce the following videos on low back pain.

Chronic Pain Instructional YouTube Video

Patient Back Pain Brochures – So Your Back Hurts ...

Learn what works, what doesn't, and how to help yourself. These brochures contain important facts about back pain and answer some commonly asked questions about back pain.