ACR Appropriateness Criteria on low back pain

J Am Coll Radiol. 2009 Jun;6(6):401-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2009.02.008.


Acute low back pain with or without radiculopathy is one of the most common health problems in the United States, with high annual costs of evaluation and treatment, not including lost productivity. Multiple reports show that uncomplicated acute low back pain or radiculopathy is a benign, self-limited condition that does not warrant any imaging studies. Guidelines for recognition of patients with more complicated status can be used to identify those who require further evaluation for suspicion of more serious problems and contribute to appropriate imaging utilization.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / standards*
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / classification
  • Low Back Pain / diagnosis*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Radiology / methods*
  • Radiology / standards*
  • United States