Low Back Pain Self-Assessment

If you are currently experiencing low back pain, find relief by taking our online self-assessment.

The Low Back Pain Self-Assessment tool is not intended as a diagnostic tool and does not provide a full and thorough evaluation of your condition. The questions presented are intended to help identify what Low Back Pain Treatment Protocol you may be appropriate for. A further initial evaluation performed by a licensed physical therapist is necessary to diagnose and develop a treatment plan for your condition.

Complete all sections of the below self-assessment

Was the onset of your low back pain symptoms LESS than 16 days ago?

No symptoms past/below the knee?


If you answered YES to one or more of the questions in this section, your current symptoms may respond well with the Manipulation Treatment Protocol.

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Are you less than 40 years old?

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place hands on hips and slowly bend forward at the hips keeping knees straight. Do you feel a “catch” in your back when bending forward, kind of like your back is going to go out? When bringing torso back up, do you feel the need to support your back, like walking your hands up your thighs?

With feet shoulder width apart, bend at the waist and try to touch the floor with your hands keeping your knees straight. Can you touch the floor with your finger tips?


If you answered YES to one or more of the questions in this section, your current symptoms may respond well with the Stabilization Treatment Protocol.

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Stand upright with hands on hips. Perform 5 to 10 back bends slowly (do not go beyond personal comfort end point). Does your pain move either UP or DOWN your spine or OUT towards your extremities?


If you answered YES to the above question in this section, your current symptoms may respond well with the Repeated Movement Treatment Protocol.

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It is important to note that about 34 percent of patients do not fall cleanly into any one of the following classification categories. For these individuals, physical therapists will use their full evaluation and clinical reasoning skills to develop a treatment plan to attain the best outcome in the shortest time possible.


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