Low Back Pain
Low back pain has likely been a problem for humans since we started walking on two legs. It’s one of the most common reasons that people visit their family doctor.
Ninety-five percent of low back pain gets better in 4-6 weeks no matter what we do – be it taking pain medications, getting a massage, physio, visiting a chiropractor, etc. So take your pick. However, there are a few red-flags that you should watch out for that could indicate something more serious is going on.
To find out more about red flags, yellow flags and other low-back pain info check out our whiteboard and the other helpful resources below.
|Low Back Pain
||What causes low-back pain? How do you treat it? What are some red and yellow flags to watch for? Check out our whiteboard to learn about this problem which affects up to 90% of the population.|
|Treating Pain with Opioids
||Our whiteboard video about opioid medication as it relates to chronic non-cancer pain. |
The Best of the Rest
|Back Pain Guide
||This guide helps you differentiate different types of low-back pain
||This is a really user-friendly guide from the NHS (Britain's health service). You can choose to click through the nice pictures and animations or you can opt for the text only version.|
|Exercises to Reduce Low-Back Pain
||A set of exercises specifically designed to help low-back pain from HealthLinkBC.ca.
||This site uses understandable language and provides pictures to go with each of the exercises so that you can do the "Cat-Camel" and the "Pelvic-Rock" just right.|
|Low Back Pain: Tips on pain relief and prevention
||This is a handout from the College of Family Physicians of Canada which gives some key info on low back pain and also answers a lot of frequently asked questions.
||CFPC does a good job of keeping the amount of putting a lot of information into easy-to-read chunks. The diagrams are helpful too (though the guy looks pretty unhappy about posing for the picture).|
|Low-Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics
||For the full-monty on low-back pain check out this page from Up to Date.
||This is text-heavy and has some big medical words (try saying spondylolisthesis three times fast!) but it's an excellent overview. It also provides links to lots of other useful resources.|
|Physician's Low-Back Pain Tool-Kit
||This is package put together by The Institute for Work & Health which has items on short term and long term low-back pain and information on red and yellow flags.
||This site was designed for physicians but has lots of useful, evidence based, clearly written information for everyone. Also like that you can download individual sections of the kit, including a doctor-patient guide to managing low-back pain.|
|The Truth About Back Pain: A Slideshow
||This presentation breaks down the myths and gives some facts about back pain.
||I'm a fan of slide-shows. This one has nice bite-size chunks of information with colourful photos to go along.|
|Advice About Back Pain Management
||"This video, developed by NHS Birmingham East and North, gives information and advice on how to look after your back to minimise the episodes of pain, and how you can help yourself when you are in pain."
||Concrete advice from a health-professionals and also some experienced patients talking about what's worked for them. I would say that we doctors are good at assessment and ruling out red flags, but other caregivers, such as physiotherapists, massage therapists, or chiropractors are key.|
|NHS Choices: Back Pain
||Lot's of useful info here from the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) including a short video (at the bottom of the page) where a doctor gives an overview of low back pain causes and treatments.
||Short video with good quality info. Especially like that they give advice about what questions to ask your surgeon before deciding to have back surgery.|
|Spine-health’s Lower Back Pain Patient Community
||Those who suffer from low back pain can join this on-line community to ask questions and share stories or to comment on the "Topic Starter".
||As on-line communities go, this one is particularly active and it covers a big range of low-back related topics from MRI's to medication to posterior ligament buckling.|