Managing Low Back Pain


Low back pain is a significant burden in terms of pain, disability and loss of quality of life for those who experience it. This is a global problem with data in Australia revealing that a quarter of the population have it any one time. The fiscal burden is reported to be about $5 billion a year of direct costs.1

What are the latest best practice for people with acute low back pain?

Arthritis NSW recently attended a workshop on Acute Low Back Pain hosted by the Agency for Clinical Innovation. The main attendees were physiotherapists, there to learn more about approaches to dealing with acute low back pain across the health sector.

As a reference tool, these allied health professionals were drawing off the information outlined in the latest model of care created by the ACI for best practice care for people with acute low back pain. ACI have also released a consumer guide (see below) which outlines the model of care as well as frequently asked questions, a case study, common back pain myths and a personalised care plan for you to complete.

You can download the guide on the link below.

ACI Musculoskeletal Network –
Best practice care for people with acute low back pain







Other Resources

My Back Pain Website

Another resource which you may find useful is the My Back Pain website. Developed by Arthritis Australia in conjunction with expert researchers, health professionals and people with back pain; the website provides trustworthy and up-to-date information on managing your low back pain. It also has a quiz plus a series of videos to help you learn more. Visit it here: My Back Pain website.

Arthritis NSW Back Pain Infosheet: You may also find this printable infosheet useful, download it here.

Information pr
ovided is of a general educational nature only and should not be relied upon as medical advice. Consult your health care professional about the treatment that is best for your particular case.


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  1. Source Agency for Clinical Innovation: