Lower back pain is very common and 50-90% of people will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. This pain can be excruciating and patients, wanting to pursue all options for diagnosis, treatment and recovery, are large drivers of inappropriate MRI and other imaging scans. This unnecessary testing can lead to more tests and in some cases, patients undergo surgeries that they do not need. In the absence of red-flag symptoms, MRI is not recommended for lower back pain. Patient education materials have been developed as a first step in the pilot project taking place at Boundary Trails Health Centre. These materials will be further supported by clinical guidelines, a provincial roll-out and additional public awareness.
Download a PDF version of CWMB’s patient info sheet.