Module 5: Lower back pain: assessment and management in primary care

Price: AUD $38.50

Content authors

Associate Professor Helen Slater

Clinical Researcher and Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University, WA.


Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Royal Hobart Hospital, Tas.

Dr Stephanie Davies, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

WA Specialist Pain Services

Associate Professor Andrew Zacest, MBBS, MS, FRACS, FFPMANZCA

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Adelaide, SA.
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA.

Activity authors

Sue Markham, BAppSci, NSW.
Raquel Newman BVSc, MANZCVSc (emergency and critical care) Vic.


Learning objectives

  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Adelaide, SA
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon, Royal Adelaide Hospital, SA

On completing this activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe an evidence-informed, structured approach to the assessment of patients with low back pain (LBP).
  • Outline signs and symptoms of serious medical conditions in LBP presentations.
  • Understand what defines an evidence-informed, structured physical examination to further define the clinical problem(s).
  • Outline the reasons why unimodal management of LBP is inappropriate and why a multimodal based approach to patient care is more likely to be effective.
  • Describe evidence informed management to non-specific LBP presentations.

Develop an evidence-based approach to assessing low back pain using practical and time-efficient strategies. Specialist clinicians demonstrate how to further define clinical problems using structured physical examinations. Understand why a multimodal vs unimodal approach to low back pain presentations is likely to be more effective.

Price: AUD $38.50