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Low Back Pain Strategy


Amendments to the Schedule of Benefits to reflect evidence-informed care

What is changing?
Effective April 1, 2012, only the existence of a suspected or known pathology can trigger ordering diagnostic tests for the lower back

Why? 
The findings of numerous research studies, clinical practice guidelines and expert panel recommendations show that X-rays, CT scans and MRIs are not useful tools in treating chronic low back pain, unless there are specific signs of a serious underlying cause. These causes include but are not limited to:

Reducing the number of unnecessary diagnostic tests will greatly improve access for patients most in need of these services.

To read more about the amendments to the Schedule of Benefits, please see:

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