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An Overview on the Use of Opioids for Low Back Pain

Presenter(s): Roger Chou, MD

Target Audience: This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, and interprofessional teams. This activity is accredited for physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, interprofessional teams, and other health professionals.

Credit Designations Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit

Module Description: Low back pain is a prevalent issue that presents challenges in its treatment. While opioids are often used to manage low back pain (LBP), evidence supporting their long-term effectiveness is limited, and they come with significant adverse effects. This instructional module aims to provide the entire healthcare team with a structured approach to integrating opioids into the management of low back pain. The instructors will stress the significance of incorporating opioid usage within a comprehensive pain management strategy that 1. Takes into account psychosocial factors contributing to pain; 2. Recognizes that opioids are not the first-line treatment for LBP and may not be suitable for all patients; 3. Utilizes non-opioid treatment options; 4. Consistently incorporates strategies to minimize risks and reassess patients periodically. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Evaluate the benefits and harms of opioids in patients with low back pain (LBP).
  • Analyze an evidence-based approach to the selection of patients for opioid therapy for LBP.
  • Integrate an evidence-based approach to the management of opioids for LBP.
  • Apply strategies for mitigating risks associated with opioids.


Certificate Instructions

Requirements for Successful Activity Completion:

In order to successfully complete this activity and obtain your Certificate,

please follow the steps below:

Course Content


1. Complete the (1) pre-reflection question and view the recorded presentation (30-60 minutes).


2. Click Survey and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Upon completion of this survey, it will unlock and allow you to proceed to the final course evaluation.




3. Click Evaluation to complete the final PCSS course evaluation.


4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim CE or your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation and claim your preferred credit/certificate.

Post Survey


5. 90 days following your completion of this activity, you will receive a survey (2 questions) to ask about changes in your practice.


If you have any questions or you do not receive your certificate, please email 

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Aug 29, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.25 CME Credits
1.25 PA-CME Credits
1.25 Other Professionals Credits
1.25 Social Work (ACE) Credits
1.25 Nursing Credits
1.25 Pharmacy Credits
1.25 IPCE Credits
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