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

Useful information and resources from other organisations

NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise has several useful resources, including:

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:

Other websites

Helplines and support groups

Helplines and support groups are available through Musculoskeletal Australia and Painaustralia.