This article describes a quick and effective assessment process for low back pain that can be carried out in just 10 minutes. Low back pain (LBP) is a very common ailment seen by clinicians and therapists but with a structured approach to history and examination, a quick assessment can still be extremely effective. Early mobilisation is key to a successful outcome. This article covers LBP pathologies, a flow chart for determining whether the back pain needs immediate or urgent management, examination tests, investigations, management and suggested stretching exercises with an accompanying patient leaflet and a certificated elearning quiz.
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Dr Robin Chatterjee is a specialist registrar in Sports & Exercise Medicine at the Barts Health NHS Trust in London and also a qualified general practitioner with a special interest in Sports & Exercise Medicine. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Liverpool with an Honours degree in Medicine, he went on to pursue a wide and varied career. Highlights include practising as an anaesthetist in the outback in Australia, gaining experience in dive and altitude medicine, and working at the London Marathon and World Triathlon Championships.
In 2008, Dr Chatterjee happened to be present during a terrorist attack in Thailand, where he fulfilled the role of a trauma medic in the field, as well as a regional correspondent for the BBC World Service. He has previously worked as a medical officer for Brentford FC Academy and West Ham United FC Academy and has a particular interest in low back pain. He obtained an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London in 2015, he also obtained the Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine and has subsequently been awarded full membership to the UK Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine of the joint Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.
Outside of work Dr Chatterjee is a PADI certified diver, an avid football fan and last but not least a doting husband and father.
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