What is ISAEC or the Low Back Rapid Access Clinic?
The Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics (ISAEC) began as a pilot project to improve care and access for patients suffering from low back pain. Due to the success of the pilot, ISAEC has expanded throughout the province and has rebranded itself to Low Back Rapid Access Clinics. The North East LB RAC is accepting referrals and seeing patients in all sub-regions of the North East, including Sudbury-Manitoulin-Parry Sound; Algoma; Nipissing and Cochrane.
There is one point of contact for all referrals and one phone number to call for all LB RAC. Referral into the program is only available to patients whose family physician or nurse practitioner has registered to become verified referrers in the program.
Primary Care Providers (PCP) can register with the program using an online training link at www.isaec.org. Once training is complete, PCPs become verified referrers and are able to refer their patients to the program. Low back pain patients who meet the LB RAC referral criteria are seen by an Advanced Practice Provider (APP) within 2-4 weeks of referral.
Patients meet the LB RAC referral criteria if:
- They present with persistent low back pain and/or related symptoms (e.g., sciatica, neurogenic claudication) that are not improving 6 weeks to 12 months from onset.
- They present with unmanageable recurrent/episodic low back pain and/or related symptoms of less than 12 months duration post-recurrence.
For more information, visit http://www.isaec.org/