Attending Version: Back Pain Emergencies Module; created by Dr. Wendy Gerstein



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Attending Version:

Back Pain Emergencies Module; created by Dr. Wendy Gerstein
Objectives:
1) Know the differential diagnosis of life-threatening causes of back pain.

2) Recognize “red flags” in history and physical exam of patient presenting with back pain.

3) Be able to order the appropriate work up for suspected etiology.

4) Treat (and know when to call consults if needed) urgent/emergent issues appropriately.



References:
1) Winters ME, Kluetz P, Zilberstein J; Back Pain Emergencies. Med Clin N Am 90 (2006) 505-523.
2) Arce D, Sass P, Abul-Khoudoud H. Recognizing Spinal Cord Emergencies. Am Fam Phy 8/15/2001. 64(4) 631-639.
3) www.uptodate.com “aortic dissections.”



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