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Low back pain: clinical review

Low back pain: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


July 2, 2014


November 24, 2016

Programme Description

This article by Jim Greenwood and Dr Mike Shipley provides an overview into the diagnosis and management of low back pain, including aetiology, investigations, and prognosis. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include classification of low back pain, the STarT Back questionnaire, red flags, and suitable analgesia.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, healthcare professionals should be able to:
  • Recognise the possible red flag symptoms of low back pain
  • Identify, diagnose and refer possible sinister causes of low back pain
  • Understand when to make an urgent referral
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    Activity authors
    Jim Greenwood
    Spinal ESP (physio)
    NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
    University College Hospital

    Dr Mike Shipley
    Consultant Rheumatologist
    University College Hospital

    Test author
    Dr Ravi Ramanathan


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required