Fast, free back pain evaluations now available

May 23, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

If you are dealing with lower back pain, you are not alone.

About 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes. In addition, according to U-M health questionnaire data, back pain is a prevalent health risk factor among U-M faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff dealing with a recent bout of non-work related, lower back pain have access to the new Back Pain Triage Program. Even if your back pain has come and gone for years, stop by when the pain returns for guidance on how to get back to moving faster.

Assessment by a health care provider

Available through a partnership between MHealthy and Occupational Health Services, this quick-response program includes a free medical assessment and recommendations by a health care provider.

Based on your evaluation, recommended next steps may include:

  • Referral to physical therapy
  • Educational resources
  • Specialized exercise classes for acute low back pain (available in the fall)

If you are not sure if your pain qualifies, call the program at 734-936-7465. They will determine whether you should come in or take other measures.

Convenient location and fast scheduling

The Back Pain Triage Program is located inside the Wellness Center on the 8th floor of University Hospital South. Appointments are usually available within one to two days. To schedule an appointment, call the program or fill out this form.

Work-related back pain

The Back Pain Triage Program is for non-work related back pain. As always, faculty and staff dealing with work-related back pain have access to comparable, same-day evaluations through Occupational Health Services.