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Low Back Pain

Suggested Pre-Referral Evaluation and Management Guidelines Complete H/P to screen for potentially serious causes (tumors, infection, fracture, cauda equina syndrome)
Acute low back pain less than 4 weeks, may resolve spontaneously
Early return to activity
Other potential causes of low back pain:
   1. Facet disease
   2. Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction
   3. Spinal Stenosis
   4. Discogenic Pain
   5. Radiculopathy
   6. Vertebral body compression fracture

For more information regarding these conditions and procedures we offer please see our web page at under the procedure section.
Suggested Additional Test/Management Prior to Specialty Visit Short trial of NSAID's, opioid's, muscle relaxants
Imaging Studies --Plain films, CT, MRI (gold standard)
Relevant past medical history (Failed Back Surgery)
Back pain greater than three months we recommend an MRI.
Referral to U of M Back & Pain Center

For more information regarding our program and what we offer please visit our website at U of M Back & Pain Center (
Low Back Pain Guideline
Patient Education/Information (includes preps) Exercise program for the back
Education on proper lifting, weight loss
U of M Back & Pain Center
Appointment Timeframe Next available appointment (0-2 weeks)
How to Get Results to Consultant UMHS Patients: See MiChart
External Patients: Hand carry non-UM records to visit or fax to 734-936-6585
Clinic Contact Information Physicians: 800-962-3555
Patient: 734-615-7246
Clinic Location Sites Brighton Health Center
Burlington Building
Canton Health Center
East Ann Arbor
Northville Health Center
UM Consulting Physician U of M Back & Pain Center Faculty
Revised on: 12/29/2014



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