Triage screening by SpineNow doctors eliminates the small possibility of serious injury:
- 1-2% of patients with low back pain will have a serious disorder and require surgery.
- 5-10% of patients with low back pain warrant further investigation by way of imaging.
- 90% of patients present with nonspecific low back pain and require education and intervention with a physical therapist.
Assessment for Psychosocial Risk
Imaging for low back pain that is not warranted can have detrimental results. Studies show that MRI scans for nontraumatic low back pain can lead to poorer health outcomes, greater disability, and work absenteeism due to the promotion of beliefs about damage and dysfunction.
Evidence suggests that healthcare providers are poor at identifying psychological risk factors of low back pain. SpineNow incorporates the STarTBack Screening Tool to identify risk in a consistent manner. Once risk level is identified appropriate treatment can take place, including patient education, lifestyle advice, and guidance on movement and exercise.
Empower Patients to Take Part in Their Own Recovery
Patients are often worried about why they are in pain and when and how they will get better. Patient-centered communication is critical in empowering patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation. SpineNow clinicians are highly trained in this style of communication, empathy, and compassion.
Except in the case of acute low back pain issues, activity is highly recommended to facilitate a return to whole health. Movement, exercise, and manual therapy, along with addressing lifestyle factors, all contribute to successful outcomes. SpineNow physios are experts in guiding patients on the path to recovery and use only evidence-based interventions to get them better, faster.