C128 - Neck Pain, Cervical Spinal Stenosis, Cervical Radiculopathy, and Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Event Time: Tuesday May 7, 2019 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Topic(s): Neuro-rehabilitation, Pain and Palliative Care
Director(s): John Engstrom MD, FAAN
Description: In an era of increasing demands for all physicians, to become experts at the care of patients with common problems there is a need for neurologists to become experts at the care of patients with spine disorders. Neck and back pain are the second most common disorders prompting patients to seek the care of a neurolofigist. However, care of these pateints continues to be predominantly learned "on the fly" rather than subjected to the same didactic rigor applied to classic neurologic diseases. The cost to society, in both dollars and lost productivity, is enormous. Essential components in the care of these patients, including the abillty to determine if there are neurologic deficits and important radiologic findings on cervical spine imaging, depends on neurologic expertise in management. This program is designed to improve the competence of neurology care providers in the management of common cervical spine disorders, skills not commonly taught to neurology residents during training.
Completion Message: Upon completion, participants will be able to effectively use "red flags" to identify patients at risk for a serious cause of neck pain; know how to identify alterations in clinically important spine anatomy on spine imagins, including being able to follow the course of nerve roots on spine imaging to understand the common causes of radiculopathy; know how to assess the clinical relevance of differing degrees of cervical spinal stenosis; and be able to develop a rational plan for conservative or surgical care in the setting of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement

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