Innovative Discoveries Series

Geriatric Low Back Pain: Managing Influences, Experiences, and Consequences

The overarching goal of our research program is to improve physical function and participation in older adults with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, particularly low back pain (LBP). Despite the fact that LBP is a common problem for older adults and is associated with poor outcomes in this vulnerable age group, little research has focused on LBP in people over age 65. With minimal research available, clinicians do not have clear evidence-based guidance regarding management of older adults with LBP.  This presentation will focus on our pathway towards developing a focused treatment algorithm designed to prevent and address the pain-related disability found in older adults with LBP. Our work has largely focused on the identification of potentially modifiable “rehabilitation risk factors” that are associated with functional limitations, as well as the development of interventions to address these risk factors. Specifically, we will discuss our findings relative to trunk muscle impairments, clinical hip impairments and energetic impairments in the context of the older adult with chronic low back pain.

Presented By:

Gregory E. Hicks, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware”
Associate Editor; The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences
Editorial Board; Pain Medicine

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.


Friday, March 1, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital,Room 1100
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This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

March 15, 2019: Diet and Vascular Function