Pain Management Strategies for the Geriatric Population
This session will examine pain relief options for the elderly population, focusing mainly on the use of spinal orthoses as a way to reduce or eliminate the use of opioids in the elderly. Statistics have shown, in no uncertain terms, the aging of the American population. With this increase in the elderly population comes a substantial rise in the number of patients living in pain due to various spinal afflictions, from fractures to scoliosis to kyphosis, disc issues, and beyond. Due to the aging population plus the widespread opioid epidemic, practitioners need to explore viable alternative methods to assist elderly patients without the use of opioids. Spinal bracing is an effective alternative for relieving pain and providing a better quality of life for the elderly and may reduce the need for opioids. In this program, we will examine advances in spinal bracing as well as the the recent medical literature supporting its safety, efficacy, and pain relieving capabilities. In addition, we will look at the role that bracing can and should play in reducing the need for opioids in your practice. (Recorded at PAINWeek 2018)
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