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Low Back Pain Pathway

Start your treatment and watch your symptoms

As you try treatment options, notice what is working or not working for you. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you need to try something else.

Watch for changes in your pain levels. Make a note of anything makes your pain better or worse.

You will usually follow up with your healthcare provider in 6 to 12 weeks. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have:

  • pain that gets a lot worse
  • constant pain no matter what you are doing
  • unexplained weight loss

Contact your healthcare provider right away or go to your nearest emergency department if you have:

  • changes to bladder or bowel control
  • numbness in your perineal area (between your genitals and anus), often with numbness or weakness in your legs

Talk to your healthcare team any time you:

  • have questions or concerns
  • notice your symptoms are getting worse
  • have problems with your medicine
  • have been waiting longer than expected for test results or to hear about an appointment

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Low Back Pain Pathway

Download or print the full patient pathway (PDF) and summary (one-page PDF) to learn more about how to manage and treat low back pain.
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