•Review this week’s media presentation on evaluating back pain, as well as Chapter 15 of the Buttaro et al. text in the Learning Resources. Reflect on the evaluation process for a patient with a history of back pain.
•Consider how you might evaluate a patient that presents with back pain. Think about potential red flags and warning signs of drug abuse.
•Reflect on the ethical implications of prescribing narcotics for chronic back pain.
•Think about what you would prescribe and why.
Post 1 to 2 page paper on: A description of how you might evaluate a patient who presents with back pain. Then, describe potential red flags and warning signs of drug abuse. Explain the ethical implications of prescribing narcotics for chronic back pain. Finally, explain what you would prescribe for patients and why.
•Buttaro, T. M., Trybulski, J., Polgar Bailey, P., & Sandberg-Cook, J. (2013). Primary care: A collaborative practice (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.
◦Part 2, “Primary Care: Adolescence Through Adulthood”
◾Chapter 15, “Chronic Pain” (pp. 96–101)
◦Part 15, “Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal and Arthritic Disorders” (pp. 887–983)
•Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2013b). Case study: Evaluating back pain. Baltimore, MD: Author.