MIMS Education

A Primary Care Guide on Mechanical Low Back Pain

A Primary Care Guide on Mechanical Low Back Pain

Physical Medicine And RehabilitationInternal MedicineEmergency MedicineFamily MedicineGeneral Practice
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About this course

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, low back pain is one of the leading causes of years lived with disability worldwide since the 1990s. A person’s occupation, his personal risk factors, and general health condition may contribute to the development of this condition. As such, a thorough history, coupled with certain diagnostic maneuvers, is vital in assessing low back pain. Its appropriate management, on the other hand, is based on the chronicity of the disease and specific interventions that vary based on its time course.

This e-learning module aims to discuss the common risk factors, clinical features, and management approach to mechanical low back pain.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Define low back pain
  • Describe the personal and global burden of the disease
  • Identify the most common risk factors for low back pain
  • Provide an overview of the back and its pain generators
  • Discuss the management for mechanical low back pain

Topics covered

  • Background
  • Patient profile and risk factors
  • Triggers and pathophysiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Management

Keywords: back pain, lower back pain relief, mechanical low back pain

1 CME Point Available

  • This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for medical practitioners enrolled in The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME for Specialists.
    • This module is accredited for both Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) members and non-members.
  • This module is accredited for 0.5 CME Point for fellows of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine, and Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.
  • Please note that this module will not earn CME credit for fellows of colleges not listed here.
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the quiz. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CME points.