Chronic Back Pain Management
Estimated time to complete session: 75 mins.
Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
1. Evaluate patients presenting with chronic back pain to assess for potential opioid responsiveness and opioid risk.
2. Determine appropriate use of diagnostic imaging tests for patients with back pain.
3. Identify evidence-based non-opioid treatment strategies for patients with chronic back pain.
4. Utilize effective communication strategies with patients regarding the safety, use, and plan for discontinuation of opioid therapy using shared decision making.
5. Develop an evidence-based treatment plan that involves continuous opioid monitoring, adjustment or tapering, discontinuation, alternative therapies, or referral to a pain subspecialist.
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Jonathon Firnhaber, MD, FAAFP – Associate Professor, Residency Director, Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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