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Pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care in the outpatient clinic and emergency department setting.
• In the last decade, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), prescription drug abuse and overdose, specifically opioids, has become the leading cause of injury and deaths in the United States.
• “Opioids—primarily prescription pain relievers and heroin—are the main driver of overdose deaths and were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014…opioid overdoses have quadrupled (an increase of 200%) since 2000” (Rudd et al. 2016).
• In 2016 the CDC established guidelines of clinical practice regarding management of chronic low back pain (CLBP).
• Clinical evidence shows treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic care and cognitive behavioral therapy provide positive outcomes.
Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Analgesics, Opioid -- adverse effects; Analgesics, Opioid -- therapeutic use; Chronic Pain -- drug therapy; Complementary Therapies; Drug Overdose; Low Back Pain -- drug therapy; Low Back Pain -- therapy
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Pain Management
Dunn, Rebekah, "Prescription Opioids: A Band-Aid for Chronic Low Back Pain" (2017). Physician Assistant Scholarly Project Posters. 38.