Building Pathways in Pain Management: Advancing the Future of Chronic Pain Management

Chronic pain is an under-recognized and under-resourced public health problem with devastating impact. In the United States, chronic pain represents more years lost to disability than cancer, heart attacks, and diabetes combined. Chronic low back pain has topped this list for over 35 years, with disabling arthritis pain becoming an increasingly prevalent affliction that disproportionately affects women and minorities. In order to improve the quality of life of patients and increase provider knowledge and confidence in caring for patients living with chronic pain, ongoing education on the pathophysiology of chronic pain, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options, and emerging treatment modalities are needed when managing those patients. This activity highlights successful strategies and resources for the management of chronic pain including osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Develop practical strategies to manage pain for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and chronic low back pain (CLBP) 
  • Use appropriate assessment, management, and educational tools and resources in caring for patients with OA and CLBP
  • Customize chronic pain management for each patient's needs
  • Evaluate existing and emerging therapies to manage pain
  • Partner with patients to establish positive and realistic goals