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Evidence-informed primary care management of low back pain
Low Back Pain Working Group [Toward Optimized Practice]
practice guideline

OBJECTIVE: To help Alberta clinicians make evidence-informed decisions about care of patients with non-specific low back pain. Target POPULATION: Adult patients 18 years or older in primary care settings. EXCLUSIONS: Pregnant women; patients under the age of 18 years; diagnosis or treatment of specific causes of low back pain such as: surgical conditions including instability; referred pain (from abdomen, kidney, ovary, pelvis, bladder); inflammatory conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis); infections (discitis, osteomyelitis, epidural abscess); degenerative and structural changes (spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, gross scoliosis and/or kyphosis); fracture; neoplasm; metabolic bone disease (osteoporosis, osteomalacia, Paget's disease).

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