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Evaluation and Conservative Treatment of Back and Spine Pain

Back, Neck & Spine

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Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints from patients today and is often chronic.  In this series, New England Baptist Hospital Physiatrists James Rainville, MD and Carol Hartigan, MD discuss the science of back pain and conservative treatment options including the use of narcotics and spinal injections.

Target Audience

This educational program is designed for physicians, fellows, residents, and other health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of back, neck and spine pain.

Learning Objectives

  • General overview of the anatomy of the back and spine
  • Understanding the causes of back and spine pain
  • Evaluation and conservative treatment options for degenerative back and spine disease
  • Effective use of opiates and injections for treatment of back and spine pain

Presentation Materials

Long-term Opioid Therapy vs Exercise/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Refractory Chronic Low Back Pain


Drs. Rainville and Hartigan have nothing to disclose, in regards to the existence of relevant financial interest(s) to ACCME-defined commercial interest(s), associated with this enduring material.

None of the other individuals in a position to control the content of this activity including planners and CME Committee members, faculty presenters, moderators/facilitators, panelists, and reviewers have any relevant financial relationships with an ACCME defined commercial interest to disclose.

Content Validation

The CME Department has reviewed the content associated with this activity to ensure it contains no commercial interests or material in which the speaker has declared a relevant financial relationship. Clinical recommendations are based on best available evidence and meet CME content validation expectations. This CME Activity has received no commercial support or other funding.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

New England Baptist Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement

New England Baptist Hospital is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Rainville J, Nguyen R, Suri P.
Effective Conservative Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain.
Semin Spine Surg. 2009 Dec 1;21(4):257-263.

Rainville J, Smeets RJ, Bendix T, Tveito TH, Poiraudeau S, Indahl AJ.
Fear-avoidance beliefs and pain avoidance in low back pain–translating research into clinical practice.
Spine J. 2011 Sep;11(9):895-903.

Suri P, Rainville J, Fitzmaurice GM, Katz JN, Jamison RN, Martha J, Hartigan C, Limke J,
Acute low back pain is marked by variability: An internet-based pilot study.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2011 Oct 5;12:220.

Suri P, Rainville J, Katz JN, Jouve C, Hartigan C, Limke J, Pena E, Li L,
The accuracy of the physical examination for the diagnosis of midlumbar and low lumbar nerve root impingement.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Jan 1;36(1):63-73.

Release date: 8/1/2018 – Expires: 8/1/2021

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