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Individualized Pain Care [1911]

Usual care for pain in the United States has emphasized medications, all too frequently opioids, rest and often ineffective, yet highly reimbursable, interventions. This approach has translated into a skyrocketing numbers of individuals who have become addicted to opioids, swelled the numbers of people living with significant functional limits and led to large numbers unable to work. The direct and indirect costs of poorly treated pain are enormous and worsening. Numerous studies have pointed to multidisciplinary care including acupuncture, behavioral health, chiropractic, occupational and physical therapy, to name only a few approaches, for treating pain. Current clinical practice guidelines recommend specific non-pharmacological therapies as front-line treatments ahead of pharmacological treatment for the management of low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, and hand. Yet guidelines are often deficient at helping healthcare practitioners select optimal management for specific patients. Clinical decision-making processes, including patient sub-classification, related to pain disorders provide knowledge to healthcare practitioners to tailor individualized care improve patient’s outcomes.

Faculty: Robb Russell, DC

Faculty Disclosures: This speaker has no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.


Learning Objectives: 
  1. Assess the current state of pain management in the US
  2. Summarize recommendations from clinical guidelines for pain
  3. Explain how integrative and personalized options can be incorporated in a practical manner consistent with guidelines and evidence-informed resources
  4. Explore how stratification, sub-classification and targeted care plans can be created to avoid one-size fits all management

CME/CEU Credits:
  1. Physicians: maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  2. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation.
Physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content and complete the activity evaluation, followed by the post-test online during the subscription period.

This course is CME-eligible for a 2-year period ending on June 24, 2022. After the two-year time period, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.