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Chronic Pain

Acute low back pain is a common reason for a patient to visit their primary care provider. Most back symptoms are usually self-limited. History and physical examination typically provide clues to the rare, but potentially serious causes of low back pain. The differential diagnosis will be explored and appropriate use of diagnostic testing, including x-rays, will be discussed. Participants will review current recommendations and treatment algorithms, and learn when it is appropriate to consider specialty referral.


Management of Chronic Pain


In this webcast, Nancy Chang, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, reviews the pathophysiology and management of chronic pain, with a focus on overcoming patients’ psychological barriers to controlling pain.

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Somatic Symptom Disorder

Up to 0.25 CME CREDIT

In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Nancy Chang discusses the diagnosis and management of somatic symptom disorder, a common and debilitating condition in which patients present with a myriad of chronic physical symptoms that appear disproportionate with the patient’s general physical condition.

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Individualization of treatment is important to effectively manage patients with chronic pain. Dr. Patin will discuss strategies to assess therapies and discuss ways to reduce reliance on pharmacological therapies for chronic pain management. He will also talk about approaches you can take to improve patient education and communication regarding pain management.

SAFE Opioid Prescribing

Up to 4.25 CME CREDITS

Complete all SAFE Opioid Prescribing modules to receive your training completion certificate! This curriculum is designed to increase prescribers’ understanding of appropriate patient assessment and prescribing practices that can help reduce misuse, abuse, and overdose deaths associated with ER/LA opioid analgesics.


Charles Argoff, MD, director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center, reviews strategies for mitigating risk for opioid misuse and abuse in patients taking opioids for chronic pain management. Dr. Argoff uses case studies to illustrate how to incorporate risk assessment tools into comprehensive screening for patients in chronic pain before you prescribe opioids, so you can better protect yourself and your patients.

black woman holding right wrist in pain

This activity presents a patient in chronic pain referred for evaluation regarding utilization/implementation of an interdisciplinary pain program. It will focus on the most common questions and concerns that a patient has about their pain, discontinuing their pain medications, and coming for interdisciplinary treatment. Dr. Atchison will discuss how to answer these questions to assist the patient to understand the need and benefit from this type of program.