Chronic Pain, Opiates, and Physical Therapy: Considerations for the Older Adult
Chronic Pain, Opiates, and Physical Therapy: Considerations for the Older Adult Physical Therapists (PTs) working with adults 65 years or older encounter many patients who have had a pain experience in the past or are currently experiencing pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) analysis of the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, 27.6% of older adults have chronic pain. Pain is subjective, complex, and affected by various external and internal physical, emotional, and environmental factors. The purpose of this session is to provide an evidence-based approach to pain assessment and management that guides clinicians in caring for older adults appropriately without contributing to opioid misuse or the health disparities, ageism, and other means of health inequity commonly faced by older adults with pain. The speakers will share case examples and provide pragmatic suggestions for clinical applications within the team framework including the patient at the center of their care.
- Recognize and interpret subjective and objective findings related to chronic pain to create an individualized patient management plan.
- Select and interpret evidence-based outcome measures for assessment of pain in older adults.
- Integrate knowledge of the physical therapy management of pain in older adults through case studies with concurrent medical management.
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