Management of Chronic Lower Back Pain: Non-Opioid Treatments to Improve Outcomes– Low back pain (LBP) is the second most common cause of disability in adults and the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States. It is estimated that 50-80% of adults experience an episode of LBP at some time during their lives. In most cases, recovery occurs within a few months of onset, but some develop chronic LBP, in which pain lasts for 3 months or longer. May be inappropriate, and individual therapeutic options may be underutilized or overutilized.
Successful outcomes often require a multimodal approach that has been insufficiently applied by primary care clinicians. Commonly prescribed therapies have limitations due to side effects or risk of abuse while recent data suggests limited some efficacy. The objectives of this activity will be to help primary care providers better recognize psychosocial factors in chronic LBP, more often see the benefit of physical or exercise therapy, and use targeted pharmacotherapy as well as understand limitations on efficacy of all prescribed therapies.
Discuss the pathophysiology of low back pain (LBP).
Recognize Waddell signs and how they can predict symptom magnification.
Recognize the limitations of some commonly prescribed therapies for back pain.
Demonstrate increased awareness of evolving pharmacotherapies and their role in low back pain.
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