Low Back Pain Guidelines

An evidence-based clinical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy (2012)

The North American Spine Society’s (NASS)

link (html) - summary of recommendations

link (pdf) - full guideline

iCAHE checklist score - 13/14 see score sheet


New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Guide (2004)

Accident Compensation Commission (ACC), NZ

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 11/14


American Osteopathic Association guidelines for osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for patients with low back pain (2009)

American Osteopathic Association; USA

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 9/14


Low Back disorders- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) (2007)

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, USA

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 8/14


Diagnosis and treatment of Low Back pain: A joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and American pain society (2007)

American College of Physicians and American Pain society, USA

link (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 13/14


European Guidelines for the management of acute non-specific low back pain (2004)

European Commission Research Directorate General, Europe

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 13/14


Health Care Guidelines: Adult Low Back Pain (2008)

Institute for Clinical Symptoms Improvement (ICSI), USA

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 12/14


An interdisciplinary clinical practices model for the management of low-back pain in primary care - the CLIP project (2008)

L'Institute de recherche Robert Sauve en sante et securite du travail, Canada

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 13/14


Management of Acute Low Back Pain- Michigan Quality Improvement consortium (2008)

Michigan Quality Improvement consortium, USA

An updated version of this guideline is now available

link (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 5/14


Low back pain. Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain (2010)

National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care, UK

link  (html)

iCAHE checklist score - 13/14


Health Care Guideline: Adult Acute and Subacute Low Back Pain (2012)

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

link (PDF 2.25MB)

iCAHE checklist score - 10/14 See score sheet


Management of Acute Low Back Pain (2012)

Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium

link (html)

iCAHE checklist score 7/14 See score sheet


Low Back Pain: Occupational medicine practice guidelines. Evaluation and management of common health problems and functional recovery in workers (2011)

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) 

link (html)

iCAHE checklist score 12/14 See score sheet


Diagnosis and Treatment of Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (2011)

North American Spine Society (NASS)

link (html)

iCAHE checklist score 10/14 See score Sheet

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