Low back pain: when to order imaging

LOW back pain is the third most common health complaint seen by Australian GPs.1

When evaluating acute low back pain, a key aim for GPs is to distinguish patients with non-specific presentations from those requiring imaging to confirm or exclude the presence of an underlying/associated condition that would change subsequent medical management.

With 90% of low back pain presentations categorised as non-specific,2 one of the inaugural Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand