The Keele STarT Back Screening Tool is used to profile an individual’s risk of developing long-term low back pain. This tool was the innovation of Keele University (see below).

1Has your back pain spread down your leg(s) at some time in the last two weeks?

2Have you had pain in the shoulder or neck at some time in the last two weeks?

3Have you only walked short distances because of your back pain?

4In the last two weeks, have you dressed more slowly than usual because of back pain?

5Do you think it's not really safe for a person with a condition like yours to be physically active?

6Have worrying thoughts been going through your mind a lot of the time?

7Do you feel that your back pain is terrible and it's never going to get any better?

8In general have you stopped enjoying all the things you usually enjoy?

9Overall, how bothersome has your back pain been in the last two weeks?


Low Risk