Managing Pain in Older Adults
This course will be exploring the use of both active and passive therapeutic modalities, as well as psycho-social support and lifestyle modification in older adults. Importantly, understanding the unique perspectives and expectations of this population can enhance outcomes and support the therapeutic alliance between and individual and their provider.
DC, MPH, PhD
AIHM 2019 Annual Conference
Time to Complete
1 hr 15 min
What you will learn
By 2050, nearly a quarter of Americans will be age 65 or older. This demographic shift magnifies the need for safe and effective interventions that help maintain functional ability and independence among older adults. Restoring and optimizing musculoskeletal health is central to that effort. Approximately one third of individuals 65 years of age and older report consistent musculoskeletal pain several years in duration; an additional one third report chronic episodic pain. Generalized musculoskeletal pain has been identified as an independent risk factor for mobility limitations in those over the age of 75. This, coupled with a heightened risk of falls, contributes to a reduced quality of life for older adults. Kinesiophobia and a poor sense of self-efficacy contribute to the negative impact musculoskeletal conditions may have on older adults. Each of these threatens older adults’ ability to live independently, contribute to their communities, participate in paid or unpaid work, and manage other chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Complementary and integrative healthcare providers are uniquely positioned to offer non-drug, non-surgical options for pain management in older adults. This includes the use of both active and passive therapeutic modalities, as well as psycho-social support and lifestyle modification. Importantly, understanding the unique perspectives and expectations of this population can enhance outcomes and support the therapeutic alliance between and individual and their provider.By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Explore the impact of musculoskeletal pain and disability on older adults through a biological, psychological, and social lens.
- Compare and contrast the needs of older adults to manage pain, relative to current practices and patient expectations.
- Assimilate new research evidence into best practices for healthcare practitioners to support older adult patients who suffer from pain.
Certificate of Completion
Included in this course
Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD
Faculty Disclosures: This speaker has no relevant relationships with commercial interests to disclose.
Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD is a Professor and Executive Director of Research and Innovation at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Her professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to both inform clinical practice and shape public health policy. Her research studies the effectiveness of spinal manipulation, exercise and other non-drug therapies, particularly among older adults with spine-related pain and disability. Michele’s current innovation and policy projects engage a range of healthcare stakeholders to ensure that the information gained in these and other research studies is translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement. Michele currently serves on the boards of the American Chiropractic Association and the World Federation of Chiropractic.
The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content.
This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.