Back and Neck Pain
The purpose of this course is to instruct the professional nurse in afflictions commonly known as neck and back pain. This course will describe the anatomy of the spinal column and the many different causes of neck and back pain in relationship to the abnormalities of the spine that may occur due to stress and degeneration. Other causes of back pain, such as that experienced due to muscle, ligament, and tendon stress or injury will be discussed. Risk factors for such painful occurrences will be discussed as well as treatment modalities, including surgical procedures. Tips to prevent neck and back pain which may lessen the impact of pain on the individual and decrease the pain that is placed on the general population in terms of socio-economic demands will also be included in this discussion. It is expected that the professional nurse will have gained as increased knowledge regarding neck and back pain that will enable them to satisfy the objectives that have been selected.

Course Publication Date: November 16, 2010

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Gloria Tartaglia RN
Course No:BNP111710
Contact Hours:5.00
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Oncologic Medicine
Pain Management
Professional Issues

NOTE: The course expired on 2/1/2013.

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Learning Objectives
  • Name 5 risk factors for back pain.
  • State 4 causes of back pain
  • Explain 3 ways of preventing back injury.
  • Discuss 3 methods used to diagnose back pain.
  • Differentiate acute and chronic pain and treatment modalities utilized.
  • Discuss surgical and non-surgical treatment of back pain.
  • Differentiate laminectomy and diskectomy.
  • Explain how osteoarthritis differs from rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Name 2 types of medication used for back pain.
  • Compare surgical procedures for herniated disks, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.


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