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Back Pain

A medical history and physical examination (and imaging and/or laboratory tests when indicated) can be useful in diagnosing the causes of back pain–although, in many cases, the precise cause of back pain can never be identified. The medical history should include assessment of psychosocial risk factors, which predict the risk for chronic disabling back pain. Diagnostic imaging and testing are indicated when severe or progressive neurologic deficits are present or when serious underlying conditions are suspected.

Back Pain

How to know what to order? This course comes as a booklet with the course and test all in one so you are only paying to take the test.  If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the booklet/test then choose our PDF email option! Would you rather receive a hard copy in the mail? Then choose the book/test option. Email courses will take their test online while those that choose the hard copy can either mail their test back in the envelop we provide for grading OR take your test right online for immediate grading.

Back Pain

Back Pain
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

4 Hours     $35.00

Back Pain
(PDF and test (Email) Online Only

4 Hours     $35.00

Last reviewed: May 1, 2018
Expires: May 1, 2021

Back Pain

About the Authors

John F. Kross, MSc, DMD, received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Oral Oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry Medical Center of Delaware. His professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware and New London, Pennsylvania, and instructing students at Delaware Technical and Community College inOral Pathology. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education for the past 15 years. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.

Back Pain

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Types of back pain and their characteristics.
  2. Risk factors for and etiologic factors associated with development of back pain.
  3. Care-seeking behavior of patients with back pain.
  4. Diagnostic modalities and criteria for back pain.
  5. Non-surgical treatment of back pain, including self-care options, pharmacologic therapies, and non-pharmacologic therapies.
  6. Surgical treatment of back pain.
  7. Outcomes of back pain treatment.

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Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • Chapter 1 The Burden of Back Pain
    Low Back Pain
    Acute Back Pain
    Chronic Back Pain
    Back Pain Risk Factors
    Chronic Low Back Pain
    Development Care-Seeking Behavior
  • Chapter 2 Etiology of Back Pain
    Causes of Back Pain
    Prevention of Back Pain
  • Chapter 3 Diagnosis of Back Pain
    APS/ACP Guidelines
    Medical History
    Physical Examination
    Diagnostic Tests
  • Chapter 4 Non-Surgical Treatments
    APS/ACP Guidelines
    Self-Care Options
    Pharmacologic Therapy
    Non-Pharmacologic Therapy
    Injections
    Physical Therapies
  • Chapter 5 Surgical Interventions
    Shared Decision-Making
    Surgical Candidates
    Outcomes of Back Surgeries
    Failed Back Surgery
  • Chapter 6 Current Research
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