Low back pain (CG88)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'low back pain early management'
This guideline is about the care and treatment that people who have persistent non-specific low back pain can expect from the NHS in England and Wales to help them manage their pain.
Non-specific low back pain is caused by problems with structures in the back, such as joints, discs, muscles, tendons or ligaments. The guideline covers the management of pain that has lasted for longer than 6 weeks but less than a year.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: low back pain early management
This page was last updated: 13 December 2013
- Web format
- Quick reference guide (PDF)
- NICE Guideline (PDF)
- Full Guideline
- CG88 Rheolaeth gynnar o boen parhaus amhenodol yng ngwaelod y cefn: deall canllawiau NICE (fformat MS Word)
Information for the public
Please note the costing report and costing template are currently in the process of being updated.
Consultation on review proposal with stakeholders: 14 May 2012 - 28 May 2012
Review decision date: June 2012
This guideline is currently being updated. Further information can be found on the Low back pain (update) page.
Implementation tools and resources
- Audit support
- Slide set
- CG88 Low back pain: patient information leaflet
- CG88 Low back pain: commissioning fact sheet
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guideline, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guideline for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.