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Approach to Low Back Pain: A Rheumatologist's Perspective

About this course

Low back pain is second to upper respiratory tract problems as a symptom-related reason for seeking medical attention. Some individuals suffer from chronic causes with substantial impact on the quality of life.

The course will focus on the differences between mechanical and inflammatory back pain. The course will also provide information on the burden of back pain; difference between acute and chronic back pain; axial spondyloarthritis and ankylosing spondylitis; and therapeutic options for ankylosing spondylitis.


Learning outcomes

  1. To understand the burden of back pain
  2. To understand the difference between mechanical and inflammatory back pain
  3. To understand Axial Spondyloarthritis
  4. To understand Ankylosing Spondylitis
  5. To understand the treatment options for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Topics covered

  1. Burden of back pain: Incidence, impact on work and quality of life
  2. Inflammatory Back Pain Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) Expert Criteria
  3. Axial Spondyloarthritis and ASAS classification criteria for Axial and Peripheral Spondyloarthritis
  4. Ankylosing Spondylitis and the Modified New York Criteria for Ankylosing Spondylitis
  5. Pharmacological approach to Ankylosing Spondylitis

2 CPD Points Available

  • Score at least 80% in the multiple-choice quiz.
  • A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CPD points.

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