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Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 12.5
Pharmacology Hours: 2.00

Price: $28.99
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
The lower back provides structural support, making it possible to engage in a wide range of activities. When lower back pain occurs, a patient’s mobility can be significantly impacted. What seems like a minor case of back pain may indeed develop into a chronic disorder that significantly affects the patient’s quality of life. Understanding the anatomy of the lower back, as well as the causes of lower back pain, will help healthcare professionals make diagnosis and treatment decisions that are vital to the patient’s well-being. This course will provide advanced learning for nurses interested in the management of low back pain for patients, and for their colleagues and themselves.

Course Outline
  1. I. Introduction
    1. Structure of the lumbar region
    2. At-risk groups
      1. Advanced age
      2. Students with heavy backpacks
  2. Causes
    1. Nerve or muscle irritation
      1. Sprain, strain, spasm
      2. Sciatica
      3. Herniated disc
      4. Osteoarthritis
      5. Spondylolisthesis
      6. Fibromyalgia
    2. Bone issues
      1. Lesions
      2. Fractures
      3. Osteoporosis
      4. Spondylitis
    3. Skeletal irregularities
      1. Spinal degeneration
      2. Spinal stenosis
    4. Infection
  3. Symptoms of a More Serious Illness
    1. Fever
    2. Bowel pain or loss of control
    3. Bladder pain or incontinence
    4. Radiating pain or weakness
  4. Diagnosis
    1. X-ray
    2. Discography/myelograms
    3. CT Scan
    4. MRI
    5. Electrodiagnostics
      1. EMG
      2. Nerve conduction studies
      3. EP studies
    6. Bone scan
    7. Thermography
    8. Ultrasound imaging
  5. Treatments
    1. Ice and heat
    2. Bed rest
    3. Exercise
    4. Spinal manipulation
    5. Nonsurgical Interventional Therapies
    6. Spinal laminectomy
    7. Spinal fusion
    8. Kyphoplasty
    9. Vertebroplasty
    10. Discectomy
    11. Foraminotomy
    12. Nucleoplasty
    13. IDET
    14. Radiofrequency nerve lesioning
    15. Acupuncture
    16. Traction
    17. TENS therapy
    18. Ultrasound
  6. Phamacology Treatments
    1. OTC
    2. Antidepressants/anticonvulsants
    3. Opioids
  7. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    1. Biofeedback
  8. Conclusion
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The author, planning committee, and reviewers have no financial or other conflicts of interest related to this course. There is no sponsorship or commercial support used for this course.

There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

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