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Low Back Pain (LBP) is the worlds leading cause of disability and the second most common reason for visiting a physician in the US. LBP is the second only to heart disease in healthcare costs. In most cases a definitive cause is never found, however most cases are also self-limited. Patient education in this area is currently insufficient and many people expect to receive advanced imaging and treatments. Most of the time these are not indicated and may be harmful to patients. To address the gap in patient knowledge and improve health literacy a patient focused educational trifold pamphlet was created for use in the primary care setting. The pamphlet addresses common causes, evaluation and treatment of LBP and stresses the importance of physical therapy and physical activity to prevent recurrence.
CVPH Family Medicine Center
back, low back pain, pain, low back, back pain, New York, Plattsburgh, musculoskeletal
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Kostrubiak, Marc R., "Low Back Pain in Family Practice" (2019). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 469.