Low Back Pain (LBP)
The Low Back Pain (LBP) rapid access clinic improves health care delivery for patients with persistent or unmanageable recurrent low back pain-related symptoms. The RAC Low Back Pain program is an innovative, upstream, shared-care model of care in which patients receive rapid low back pain assessment (less than four weeks on average), education and evidence-based self-management plans. It is designed to decrease the prevalence of unmanageable chronic low back pain, reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging as well as unnecessary specialist referral.
Referral into the program is only available to patients whose family physician or nurse practitioner has registered to become verified referrers in the program. Primary Care Providers (PCP) can register with the program using an online training link at www.lowbackrac.ca. Once training is complete, PCPs become verified referrers and are able to refer their patients to the program. Low back pain patients who meet the LB RAC referral criteria are seen by an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) within 2-4 weeks of referral.
All referrals are triaged based on the severity/acuity of your condition. The team will contact you to setup a consultation with an Advanced Practice Provider (APP). An APP, a specially trained physiotherapist or chiropractor, who has undergone additional training with our Spine Surgeons. They have advanced skills and training to provide you with a program that includes a detailed standard assessment and education about your condition.
There is no fee associated with RAC-LBP - it is covered by OHIP.