Low Back Disorders Chapter Released

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 General News
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WESTMINSTER, Colo., Jan. 21 The American College ofOccupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has released an extensiveupdate to its evidence-based practice guidelines. The chapter on low backdisorders is the latest revision to ACOEM's Occupational Medicine PracticeGuidelines: Evaluation and Management of Common Health Problems and FunctionalRecovery in Workers, 2nd Ed., currently in wide-spread use across the country.

Subscribers to UMK Professional (Utilization Management Knowledgebase), orthe ACOEM Guidelines Electronic Version, have immediate access to the low backchapter free of charge.

A crucial part of the updating process was ACOEM's adoption of a new moremeticulous strength-of-evidence rating methodology which incorporates thehighest scientific standards for reviewing evidence-based literature. As aresult, the updated low back chapter contains an even more extensive list ofreferences -- nearly 2,000 compared to the 150 plus in the previous version.

ACOEM's online treatment guidelines are exclusively distributed by ReedGroup. For more information, or to order UMK Professional or the ACOEMGuidelines Electronic version, visit http://www.reedgroup.com or call aproduct consultant at 866.889.4449.

About Reed Group: Dr. Presley Reed founded Reed Group in 1981 to addressworkplace productivity and employee absenteeism issues in the corporateenvironment. Reed Group maintains four key lines of business: Guidelines,Service, Data Analytics, and Education. In addition to providing integratedclinical case management service for non-occupational and occupational leaves,Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leave of absence administrativeservices to employers, Reed Group publishes the industry-standard disabilityduration guidelines, The Medical Disability Advisor (textbook, Windowssoftware, and Internet and data integration versions), now in its FifthEdition. For more information, call 866.889.4449, or visithttp://www.reedgroup.com.

About the American College of Occupation and Environmental Medicine(ACOEM) Founded in 1916, ACOEM is an international medical society of morethan 5,000 occupational and environmental physicians and other allied healthprofessionals that provide leadership to promote optimal health and safety ofworkers, workplaces, and environments. The College is headquartered in ElkGrove Village, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.acoem.org.The revised low back chapter contains the following enhancements: -- Inclusion of numerous disorders including acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain, radicular pain syndromes, spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, sacroilitis, and spondylolisthesis. -- Detailed recommendations regarding the use of appliances (e.g., lumbar supports, magnets), skilled non-medical therapies (e.g., massage, manipulation), ultrasound, low level laser therapy, electrical therapies (e.g., TENS, PENS), and acupuncture. -- An in-depth review of medications and injection therapies to treat low back disorders. -- A thorough review of surgical procedures on the low back including discectomy, spinal fusion, disc replacement, and implantable spinal cord stimulators. -- Tables which summarize the recommendations by clinical measure and by low back disorder.

SOURCE Reed Group

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