Almost everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their lives. Acute low back pain usually gets better with time, and there are simple things people can do at home to help manage pain and get back to normal activities. To help people with acute low back pain understand these strategies, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Acute Low Back Pain: Managing Your Pain through Self-Care.
This program is for people who have had acute low back pain for less than one month, or had it at some time in the past and it has returned. The program is not for people with sciatica (pain that can go down the leg) or chronic low back pain (pain that has lasted more than three months). The Foundation has developed a separate program on managing chronic low back pain.
The program explains what acute low back pain is and its typical course. It highlights the key warning signs that indicate when it’s time to see a doctor. The program describes the benefits and risks of imaging tests, the goals of treatment, and the treatment options available, including pain relievers, exercise therapy and physical treatments. It also discusses things people can do to help prevent future back pain.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a DVD, a booklet and a web-based program (Health Crossroads®) for Health Dialog members.