Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this program is to help providers in various practice settings distinguish life-threatening causes of low back pain from nonspecific, musculoskeletal presentations. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the important anatomic and pathophysiologic components of low back pain
  • Identify red flag signs and symptoms in the history and physical exam that suggest potentially life-threatening pathology
  • Distinguish situations when emergent imaging studies are warranted from situations when it is best to take a conservative approach to management
  • Identify the importance of collaboration and communication among various healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists
  • Recognize that a multidisciplinary approach is the key to treating acute and chronic low back pain

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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