Many factors have been identified as predictive of acute pain becoming chronic. Unfortunately, the number of factors and the lack of consistent algorithms make the prediction and prevention of chronic pain difficult. A patient-centered approach to developing a risk profile for a patient in acute pain can decrease the likelihood of this patient developing chronic pain and experiencing its associated consequences. Specific examples are reviewed from each relevant domain or perspective of this approach.
This course discusses establishing a diagnosis and matching appropriate procedure to diagnosis. Curative vs palliative and acute vs chronic back pain are described and delineated.