Resources for Physical Therapists

Information about psychologically-informed approaches to treating pain are important for physical therapists to be familiar with when treating "high risk" acute back pain patients. Below are some informational resources and a checklist for physical therapists to use to cover all recommended aspects of comprehensive psychologically-informed treatment.



Linton SJ, Shaw WS. Impact of psychological factors in the experience of pain. Phys Ther. 2011;91:700-11.

Main CJ, Snowden G, Hill JC, Watson PJ, Hay EM. Integrating physical and psychological approaches to treatment in low back pain: the development and content of the STarT Back trial’s ‘high-risk' intervention (StarT Back; ISRCTN 37113406). Physiotherapy. 2012;98:110-6.

Nicholas MK, George SZ. Psychologically informed interventions for low back pain: an update for physical therapists. Phys Ther. 2011;91(5):765-76. 

Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain



Click here to access the psychologically-informed treatment checklist for treatment of "high risk" acute back pain patients referred to physical therapy.