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Diagnosing and Treating Lower Back Pain: Part 1 of 2

The Pain Management CME Video Series

Diagnosing and Treating Lower Back Pain: Part 1 of 2

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Diagnosing and Treating Lower Back Pain: Part 1
A Three-Part Series of Six Videos • Brought To You By The Doctor’s Channel

Learning Objectives

Estimated Time to Complete Activity:

15 minutes


Devi Nampiaparampil is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Anesthesiology at New York University’s School of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as the Chief of Interventional Pain Management at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System in New York City.

Who Should Participate

This activity is designed for primary care clinicians (family practice and general internal medicine), including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and other members of the healthcare team involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Chronic Pain.

Overview of Methods and Participation

This three-part, six-video program is designed to improve the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients suffering with chronic pain syndromes, with a focus on fibromyalgia, low back pain, and osteoarthritis. The presentations include both speaker segments and also patient case vignettes. There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity.


Each of the three activities are separated into six learning modules and each module is eligible for one-quarter (0.25) CME credit. To receive up to one and a half (1.5) CME credits, you must view each of the presentations, complete each test with a score of 70% or higher and complete an evaluation form. You will then be able to print out your CME certificate.

Technical Requirements

  • A broadband internet connection
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 98 or later; Mac OS X
  • Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later; Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later; Apple Safari
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or later (Available at:

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of all three modules, six videos in total, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify key questions and examination techniques to diagnose fibromyalgia
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of suitable therapies for treating fibromyalgia
  3. Describe both causes and factors that affect low back pain and also the key elements of an examination to diagnose low back pain
  4. Balance treatment and risk management considerations for patients with chronic low back pain on opioid therapy
  5. Identify the important questions and studies in identifying osteoarthritis as well as risk factors for the disease
  6. Recognize suitable treatment modalities for patients with osteoarthriti

Acknowledgement Statement

This educational activity is funded through educational grants to the Physicians’ Institute from Pfizer, Inc and AstraZeneca to support Chronic Pain educational activities.


The faculty reported the following:

Devi Nampiaparampil, MD reported serving on a medical advisory board for ProStrakan in 2011 and a research advisory board for Elan Pharmaceuticals in 2007.

Physicians’ Institute and AAPE

The planning staff of American Association of Physician Education and the Physicians’ Institute have nothing to disclose.


The medical director and production staff of BetterCME have nothing to disclose.

Designation and Accreditation Statement

The Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education to physicians.


This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Copyright Statement

© All documents accessed from this page are viewed as a resource of the Physicians’ Institute and AAPE and are Copyright, Physicians’ Institute©, all rights reserved. 2011 Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine and American Academy of Physician Education.


September 22, 2012

This educational activity is funded through educational grants to the Physicians’ Institute from Pfizer, Inc and AstraZeneca