VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines
Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain (LBP) (2017)
The guideline describes the critical decision points in the diagnosis and Management of Low Back Pain (LBP) and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. This guideline was developed in collaboration with the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with low back pain.
Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.
The guideline is formatted as two algorithms and 38 evidence based recommendations:
Module A: Initial Evaluation of Low Back Pain
Module B: Management of Low Back Pain