The Fraser Health Rapid Access Clinic for Low Back Pain (RAC for LBP) is a Pilot that is running until March 31, 2025.

What kinds of services does the clinic offer?

Rapid Access

Patients may be seen by an advanced practice provider (physiotherapist) as quickly as less than 4 weeks upon referral.

Personalized Management Plans

Patients referred to the clinic work with an advanced practice provider (physiotherapist) to develop a care plan to help you recover from and manage your low back pain.

Thorough Consultations

Patients whose back pain does not improve may be seen by a pain specialist or a spine surgeon for more treatment.

If you're also struggling with mental health or substance use, you may want to review these resources.
If you have longer-term pain, this resource might be right for you.
Fraser Health Community Pain Program

About the RAC low back pain pilot

The RAC for LBP Pilot is a new, upstream service based on a successful care model developed in Ontario that led to a province-wide funded Rapid Access Clinic for Low Back Pain Program.

Patients referred to the RAC for LBP Pilot will receive an in-depth assessment based on the Center for Effective Practice stratified Clinically Organized Relevant Exam (CORE) Back Tool within 3-4 weeks of referral. A personalized self-management plan by an Advance Trained Provider(physiotherapist) is provided within 3-4 weeks of referral.        

 Patients will be screened for risk of substance use-related harm, chronic pain, and mental health conditions. Primary Care Providers will be notified if the patient screens positive.

Complex patients will receive a coordinated consult with multiple program team members (a Spine Surgeon, Pain Specialist, and the Physiotherapist Practice Lead) and timely access to interventional procedures and surgery consultations, as needed.

Pilot enrollment is capped at 500 patients.      

We hope to duplicate the success of the Ontario RAC for LBP so the Pilot becomes a funded service for all British Columbians.

About the Program
For Patients

Suffering from lower back pain?

Please ask your Primary Care Provider about being referred to the pilot. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our FAQ.

NOTE: Referral into the pilot is only available to patients who reside in the Fraser Health Region and whose primary care provider has enrolled for referring privileges. Please check with your primary care provider.

Patient Information

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Urgent Care Eligibility
For Providers

Want to refer your patients to RAC for LBP?

To refer your patients to the Pilot, you must be a Primary Care Provider (FP or NP) in the Fraser Health Region.

How to Refer