Geriatric Low Back Pain: Managing Influences, Experiences, and Consequences
Section: Academy of Geriatric PT
Co-Section: Orthopaedics Section
Session Code: GR-2A-6604
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 8
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
Low back pain (LBP) is the most disabling condition in the world, with the greatest disability occurring among older adults. Despite rising health care costs, geriatric LBP management remains suboptimal. To improve management, PTs are now utilizing psychologically informed physical therapy (PIPT), which accounts for pain-related psychological distress. While promising, physical therapists must also understand how psychological and cognitive influences change with age. Further, PTs must recognize age-related system senescence that contributes to geriatric LBP persistence and influences management. PTs must be sensitive to patient goals, and understand the impact of patient-clinician interaction on recovery. Lastly, PTs must take into account potential health consequences of geriatric LBP, including mobility disability and falls.In this session, the speakers will review biological, psychological, cognitive, and social influences of geriatric LBP. They will introduce a comprehensive model of geriatric LBP that accounts for the interface between pain and impaired movement, as well mobility and health risks associated with geriatric LBP. Attendees will gain important insight into age-appropriate measurement tools and interventions for geriatric LBP and learn how to implement a comprehensive, standardized management approach that optimizes recovery and mitigates health risks associated with geriatric LBP.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Define the biological, psychological, cognitive, and social influences of geriatric low back pain (LBP).
2. Identify components of the geriatric LBP experience, including but not limited to the interface between pain and impaired movement.
3. Recognize consequences of geriatric LBP, including but not limited to mobility disability and falls.
4. Summarize age-appropriate measurement tools for geriatric LBP influences and outcomes.
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