Low back pain is a common complaint that will present in a variety of practice settings including the Emergency Department, primary care office, urgent care, and rehabilitation facility. While most cases of acute low back pain are benign, self-limited, and musculoskeletal in origin, a small minority can be life-threatening. Thus, it is critical to identify red flag signs and symptoms that point to “can’t miss” serious diagnoses that might lead to permanent disability or death if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The goal of this course is to provide clinicians with a focused and structured approach for differentiating patients who have benign causes of pain from those who will need a medical workup and possibly advanced imaging.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) until 7/1/2022.
Approved by the ASRT for Category A continuing education credit
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Anatomy and Pathophysiology
Section 3: Key elements in the history
Section 4: Definitions
Section 5: Key elements in the physical exam
Section 6: Elements of physical examination
Section 7: Diagnosing urgent pathologic causes of low back pain
Section 8: Management of urgent causes of low back pain
Section 9: Selected spinal infection risk factors and examination findings
Section 10: Management of mechanical spine-related causes of back pain
Section 11: Summary
Ross A. Kalman is an emergency medicine physician based in Chicago, IL. He completed his residency at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, and currently practices on Chicago’s south side Disclosure: Ross Kalman has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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