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Surgical Treatment of Common Lumbar Disorders: An Overview for Non-Orthopedic Providers

Back, Neck & Spine

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View Dr. Raymond Hwang’s CME presentation on the surgical treatment of common lumbar disorders. Dr. Hwang reviews spine anatomy, common conditions and surgical options to be considered when conservative treatment fails. Disorders discussed include Low Back Pain, Disc Degeneration, Disc Herniation, Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolysis.

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 lumbar spine
  • Understanding common lumbar spine disorders
  • Understanding indications for surgery and surgical treatment options.


Dr. Hwang has 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  0.5  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.


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Release Date: 2/2/2016
Renewed: 8/1/2018; 9/1/2021
Expires: 9/1/2024

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