Lee J (2013) The management of low back pain. Nursing Times; 109: 51, 10-11.
John Lee is consultant in pain medicine, Cayman Islands Hospital, and senior lecturer, University College London
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- Current guidance and management advice on low back pain
- What the STarT Back Screening Tool is and how you can use it
- How radicular pain should be assessed and treated
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
Pain and pain management. Pain is notoriously difficult to measure as everyone responds differently, this article describes a tool that can be used to assess how much pain a patient is experiencing and plan treatment accordingly.
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
This article would be particularly useful if you were on placement or working at a GP surgery. As the article states, almost every adult will experience low back pain at some point during their lives and many of these will turn to their GPs or practice nurses for help. Knowing the treatment that is normally given is helpful, as is having an understanding of why low back pain is often not correctly treated.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- What advice would you give someone with low back pain?
- Have you ever used the STarT Back Screening Tool?