Our Acute Low Back Pain Program connects people experiencing persistent low back pain (lasting 3-5 weeks) with appropriate care. Our goal is to reduce the time you have to wait to see the right health-care professionals, and minimize the use of opioids, imaging tests, and invasive procedures as a first-line treatment.

Managing Your Pain

Addiction to prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet®) or hydrocodone (Vicodin®) has become epidemic across the U.S. Our program offers safe and effective treatment options for pain management, including injections, acupuncture and non-narcotic medications. While most acute low back pain can be effectively treated without narcotics, opioids may still be used cautiously when appropriate.

Note: This program is not for individuals who have had long-standing, chronic back pain.

Accessing our Acute Low Back Pain Program

If you have acute low back pain, first consult with your primary care physician (PCP) who can provide the appropriate referrals, usually beginning with physical therapy at a convenient Lancaster General Health outpatient location. Each facility has a team specially trained in Acute Low Back Pain protocols. Treatment will involve one of the following:

  • Education and home exercise
  • PT evaluation and treatment interventions
  • Fast Track access to care for patients with acute pain and functional disability needing rapid intervention

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