This publication replaces the previous New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Guide and incorporates the Guide to Assessing Psychosocial Yellow Flags in Acute Low Back Pain.
The 'New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Guide' provides a best practice approach, taking into account relevant evidence, for the effectiveness of treatment of acute low back pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability. It follows an extensive review of the international literature and wide consultation with professional groups in New Zealand.
The 'Guide to Assessing Psychosocial Yellow Flags in Acute Low Back Pain' provides an overview of risk factors for long-term disability and work loss, and an outline of methods to assess these. Identifi cation of those ‘at risk’ should lead to appropriate early management targeted towards the prevention of chronic pain and disability.
These two guides should be used together.