Alternative pathways in care for patients with low back pain

What are the advantages of having PTs seeing patients with low back pain before a physiatrist does?

This study found that - when compared with patients with low back pain (LBP) who first consulted a physiatrist before starting physiotherapy - patients enrolled in a guideline-based program emphasising early physiotherapy had fewer medical appointments (nearly 60%), showed improved physical function, and imaging and injection rates were lower.

The authors point out, however, that these results were obtained in a single health system and may not be generalisable.


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