Tools for Managing Back Pain

What is MIBAC and who is developing these resources? Without a doubt, your primary source of information about managing your back pain should be your health care provider. We do not provide information that is specific to your condition - only your healthcare provider can do that.Although most back pain is benign (despite significantly painful!), your provider will screen you for other conditions.

The materials shared on our site are developed and approved by a committee of primary care physicians, specialists including physical medicine, chiropractors, physical therapists, behavioral health clinicians, and more.  Please consult your low back pain care provider before changing your normal activity or exercise routine.

Low back pain has been shown to be linked to depression and suicide. If you are struggling with feelings of helplessness, sadness, or thoughts of harming yourself, please know that there is help. Please scroll down to see resources available to help you get the care you need.

Click on a topic below to access resources to put you "back" in control.

Start here! Review the basic principles of new experiences with low back pain and put you in control of your pain.

The brain and body are connected. Evidence has shown that how we think about our pain impacts our care outcomes.

Developed by Keele University in England, these video shorts show quick back pain scenario videos. You can see more at:

Your healthcare provider may have told you that you have a muscle strain. Learn more about what this means and what you can do to manage it.

Moving can be scary when you have back pain. Use these simple tips to return to your normal activities safely.

Moving can be scary when you have back pain. Use these simple tips to return to your normal activities safely.

Access free sleep sounds (link to external site)

For many people, sleep sounds or white noise is a key factor in falling and staying asleep. This links to an external website that is providing free sleep sounds.

When you are in pain, it can be difficult to sleep. Conversely, when you cannot sleep, you are more likely to have higher levels of pain. Read some tips for improving your sleep.

If you are thinking about suicide, help is available!

Please click on the icons below to review resources, developed by the MI Mind (Michigan Mental Innovation Network and Clinical Design).

If you are thinking about suicide, read this first.

Help is available. Access contact information for crisis and suicide prevention hotlines.

If you believe a loved one is suicidal, here are some pointers to understanding and helping them.

When you think of serious, disabling health conditions, you probably don't think about back pain. However, back pain is a common condition that up to 80% of people in the U.S. will experience in their lifetime. In fact, it is the leading cause of disability globally.


Michigan Back Collaborative
Henry Ford Health

Office of Clinical Quality & Safety

1 Ford Place

Detroit, Michigan 48202




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