Self-Assessment

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?
YES or NO


No symptoms past/below the knee?
YES or NO


 

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.

Click to learn more

Are you less than 40 years old?
YES or NO


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?
YES or NO


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?
YES or NO


 

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.

Click to learn more

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?
YES or NO


 

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

Click to learn more

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.

 

Start Your Recovery Today

Downloadable forms, insurance information, what to wear, and more.


Learn more >

Find Your Clinic

Ask Our Experts

Send us your question about a condition or symptom you may be experiencing.


Ask your question today

#MyPTStory

Celebrating our patients and their successes.


Click to view

Note: The information on this Web site is provided as general health guidelines and may not be applicable to your particular health condition. Your individual health status and any required medical treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice. Remember: There is no adequate substitution for a personal consultation with your physical therapist. Neither Therapeutic Associates Inc., or any of their affiliates, nor any contributors shall have any liability for the content or any errors or omissions in the information provided by this Web site.

The information, content and artwork provided by this Web site is intended for non-commercial use by the reader. The reader is permitted to make one copy of the information displayed for his/her own non-commercial use. The making of additional copies is prohibited.