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Assessment and Management of Low Back Pain (LBP) (2007)

Update of CPG in Progress

Cover page of the guideline document.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.

About the CPG Guideline Links Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as two algorithms, with annotations:
  • Algorithm A
    - Initial Evaluation
  • Algorithm B
    - Management of Low Back Pain
Questions about the LBP Guideline
LBP Full Guideline (Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007)
Interactive CPG
Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)