The government-funded PCLBP program supports interprofessional primary care teams, including family health teams, nurse practitioner-led clinics and community health centres. These interprofessional primary care teams were formed to deliver efficient, coordinated and integrated care to patients with low back pain.
To achieve this goal, these teams include spine, muscle and joint experts, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, occupational therapists and registered massage therapists, who work directly with patients.
When a physician or nurse practitioner refers a patient to the PCLBP program, the patient meets with one of these experts on the interprofessional team, such as a chiropractor, who:
- Assesses their low back pain
- Develops an evidence-based care plan for them
- Refers them to one or several team members for education and regular treatment, such as spinal manipulation therapy and a therapeutic exercise program