Chronic Low Back Pain: Appropriate Non-surgical vs. Surgical Management
For individuals with chronic low-back pain symptoms, few achieve the complete resolution they seek, but rather their treatment focuses on controlling pain and improving general mobility. This activity will focus on current practices, recent pharmacologic treatments and advances in the management of chronic low-back pain utilizing evidence-based medicine. Through the use of case study examples, participants will learn indications and outcomes of surgical interventions for those with chronic low-back pain who do not respond to medical management, as well as explore the importance of screening and assessing mental and physical health in individuals with chronic low-back pain. Ethical concerns in research and medical practices for chronic low back pain will also be discussed.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, social workers, therapists, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and physicians interested in managing chronic low-back pain.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize common conditions and non-surgical treatment recommendations for low-back pain (LBP).
- Identify current practices and recommendations for pharmacologic treatments for LBP.
- Discuss the importance of appropriate screening and shared decision making for individuals with LBP and the associated reported outcome measures.
- State the importance of securing high quality surgeons to optimize outcomes when surgery is necessary.
- List best practices for managing chronic LBP through the use of case study examples.
Paul W. Monte, MD, FACP, MHA
National Medical Director
Kelly Darlak, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Synchronization Pharmacist on the Care Team
Optum Operations, Population Health Management
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Dianna Candelaria, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Manager
Optum, Population Health Solutions and Prevention
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-19-139-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state counselor and MFT boards accept ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals. Check with your board to be sure.
If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 14 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and, while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacist
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technician
- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 Attendance