Chronic Back Pain Management: What’s New in Treatment Options for this Population?
It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans will experience some type of back pain within their lifetime. Although guidelines exist for managing back pain, studies suggest that health care providers are not implementing the guidelines. Patients may be treated for acute back pain that will resolve quickly with no residual loss of function. On the other hand, 20 percent of these patients will have chronic back pain that will last greater than 12 weeks. Chronic back pain may be due to a diagnosable anatomical cause or from no clearly identifiable explanation. The treatment for chronic back pain may include a variety of interventions, such as medications, narcotics, nerve-block injections, physical therapy or surgery. During this session, Dr. Macedo will discuss new advancements and solutions for successful management of chronic back pain.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Distinguish the difference between acute and chronic back pain
- Discuss the challenges providers and patients face when dealing with chronic back pain
- Review new methodologies and non-opioid treatment strategies for managing chronic back pain
Franz J. Macedo, DO
Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Center
Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System;
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
University of Minnesota
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Franz J. Macedo, DO has reported the following: Advanced Medical Reviews, Independent Medical Expert Consultant Services, Inc., Medical Review Institute of America (Employee).
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Crystal Clear Rx
V. Silverstein, MD
Eagle Creek Medical Communications
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in chronic back pain management.
This activity consists of recorded presentations from the "10th Annual Medical Director Forum" held in Las Vegas, NV on November 3, 2016.
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
- 0.75 CCMC - General - Case Managers