C157 - Evaluation and Treatment of Common Spine Disorders

Event Time: Tuesday May 7, 2019 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): Neuro-rehabilitation, Pain and Palliative Care, Foundations in Clinical Neurology
Director(s): J. D. Bartleson MD, FAAN
Description: Neurologists should play a primary role in evaluating patients with spine and/or limb pain because of our ability to detect the presence of spinal cord, spinal nerve, and cauda equina injury. Many neurologists are uncomfortable evaluating patients with spine and limb pain because of a lack of training during residency and a paucity of educational courses at neurology meetings. Faculty will describe important aspects of the history and neurological and musculoskeletal examination of patients with common spine disorders and cover the use of neurophysiologic testing in the diagnosis of spinal and limb pain. Treatment for common acute and chronic spine disorders is available and effective. Treatment of the patient with spine and limb pain can be gratifying. However, many treatment modalities, including surgery, are used prematurely and excessively. Faculty will describe the treatments that are appropriate for acute and chronic axial spine pain, radiculopathy, spondylotic myelopathy, lumbar spinal stenosis, and cauda equina syndrome. This course will focus on common spine disorders, mostly due to spondylosis.
Completion Message: Participants will be able to diagnose and treat patients with common spine disorders. Treatment options include medications, physical therapies, injections, blocks, and surgery.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

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