Receiving non-guideline care increases transition risk from acute to chronic low back pain

Takeaway

  • People with low back pain often progress from an acute to a chronic condition and there is a robust prognostic tool that can predict who is at most risk of transition.

Why this matters

    Although acute low back pain is relatively common and manageable, chronic back pain is associated with disability and expense. These novel findings support the use of the Subgroups for Targeted Treatment Back tool in predicting risk of transition and reveal that failure to adhere to guidelines may increase transition rates. The successful implementation of guideline concordant care in the primary care setting would help to reduce transition to chronic low back pain.