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114988 - Effective management of low back pain with a neuropathic component

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A Category 2, 2 hour online case study based program on effective management of low back pain with a neuropathic component

Relevance to General Practice

Low back pain is defined as pain, muscle tension or stiffness localised between the costal margin and the inferior gluteal folds, with/without leg pain. The NeuPSIG (Special Interest Group on Neuropathic Pain) defines neuropathic pain as “pain arising as a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system”. In contrast, nociceptive pain arises from physiological activation of nociceptors by potential or actual tissue injury and causing ’non-specific’ back pain. Low back pain may involve both a neuropathic and nociceptive component. Radicular pain (’sciatica’) is the most commonly recognised neuropathic syndrome in low back pain of non-malignant pathology. It is caused by mechanisms such as nerve root compression by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. A neuropathic element may also be present in patients who otherwise appear to have non-specific mechanical back pain or post-operative persistent pain. 

Learning outcomes
  • Identify patients with possible neuropathic component to their low back pain
  • Review current management of selected patients; appropriately implement the Douleur Neuropathique 4 (DN4) and painDETECT diagnostic tools
  • Improve pain management protocols by using non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as outlined in guidelines and according to current best practice
  • Address patient quality of life and tolerability of pharmacotherapies in the context of pain management
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    114988 - Effective management of low back pain with a neuropathic component
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