Low Back Pain


How do I get referred to this program?

Your family doctor or nurse practitioner can refer you to MSK CIAC for an initial assessment of your low back and/or low back related leg pain to determine the next steps in your care. The program is fully covered by OHIP.

Please download a copy of the Low Back Pain Patient Guide document opens in a PDF.

Who is eligible for this program?

The MSK CIAC Low Back Pain Program is for patients who are 18 years of age and over and:

How will my referral be handled?

You will be assessed by an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) who is a regulated healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor, with specialized training in low back care.

Your assessment will be scheduled with an APP with a practice location nearest to your home. After receiving your referral, the APP’s office will contact you to book your appointment. You can expect an appointment date within four weeks.

How long is the assessment?

Your assessment will be approximately one hour long. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete the necessary paperwork.

What happens during an assessment?

Will my doctor or nurse practitioner be informed about my assessment?

Your doctor or nurse practitioner will be sent a report about your assessment results. They will receive your self-management plan, next steps and any required follow-up appointments.

For some patients, the APP may contact your doctor or nurse practitioner directly to discuss your assessment.

How do I change or cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your APP’s office 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Their contact information will be provided to you at the time of your booking.

Exercises and Tips

The Rapid Access Clinics for Low Back Pain website provides resources aimed at helping those with low back pain issues.

Exercise Videos

Tips from Dr. Mike Evans

This program is part of Ontario Health (West) Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Burlington, Brant Region.