Hepatitis-C virus (HCV)-associated arthritis is highlighted this month in our ongoing series on patient education materials.
Though back pain disables 5.4 million Americans and costs at least $90 billion in medical and non-medical expenses annually, the study and treatment of back pain in children and adolescents is relatively new.
On May 17, Julie Fritz, PhD, PT, ATC, will present a rheumatology audioconference entitled “Evidence-Based Care of Low Back Pain in Children and Adolescents.” She recognizes the importance of spreading what knowledge there is about this patient group. “Although there is a need for research on the etiology and management of the condition in this age group, there are things that we know that can help to guide our management,” she says.
Fritz’s research and practice as a physical therapist focus on patients who experience “non-specific” spinal pain, which is a difficult condition to assess and treat. Her approach has focused on identifying subgroups of patients in this population and “targeting these subgroups for more specific non-operative interventions,” she explains.| | | Next → | Single Page