Find out about low back pain and how it can be managed by seeing our resources below. You can also watch Joe's story about how the right treatment helped him overcome his low back pain.
Information for consumers – Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard
The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard describes the care that you can expect to receive if you go to a primary healthcare provider or a hospital emergency department with a new episode of low back pain. This could be new pain or a flare-up of an ongoing problem. Find out more about what the standard means for consumers and the other resources available.
What is low back pain?
Low back pain refers to pain felt in the lower part of the spine (lumbar spine), and can be accompanied by pain in one or both legs. Most people will experience low back pain at some point in their life. Usually low back pain gets better within a few weeks, with simple self-management or treatment strategies. For some people, it can last longer or need additional treatment.
Resources to help you manage your low back pain
What the standard means for you
The Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard contains eight quality statements describing the care that you can expect to receive if you experience low back pain. Find out what the standard says and what it means for you below. Reading these statements will inform your discussion with your clinician.
What the standard says
You can also see our full list of implementation resources including guidance and resources for consumers.
Useful information and resources from other organisations
NPS MedicineWise has several useful resources, including:
- 10 things you need to know about low back pain
- a list of questions to ask about using opioids for back pain
- a factsheet about scans and low back pain
Choosing Wisely Australia
To make sure you receive the care that is right for you, Choosing Wisely Australia has developed five questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment or procedure.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has developed patient resources on:
- Staying Active for Acute Low Back Pain
- Exercise for ongoing low back pain
- Heat therapy for low back pain